Hold Me, Heal Me

January 12-31, 2014

Listen to Hold Me, Heal Me (Abridged) on the JWT Podcast


How kindness comforts us even in our most broken moments. This evening of stories, poems, plays and songs will make you laugh, cry, and remember how acts of kindness impact your life.


Underwritten by generous donations from Gail Solo, in dedication to Dr. Edith Eger, and Gladys & David Layne

Produced by Ronda Spinak
Assistant Producer: Barbara Koletsky
Directed by Eve Brandstein
Dramaturge Lisa Rosenbaum

Associate Producers: Susie Yure´ and Rose Ziff

Welcome ~ Ronda Spinak, JWT Artistic Director
Janis Nelson, JWT Board Chair

Sixties Girl
Written by Arla Sorkin Manson. Performed by Kate Zentall, Sean Topps, and Lisa Cirincione.

Drinks Before Flight
Written by Lisa Kenner Grissom. Performed by Lisa Cirincione and Sean Topps.

The Infected Finger
Written by Leah Kornfeld Friedman. Performed by Kate Zentall.

The Shabbos Goy
Written by Joanne Verdino. Performed by Lisa Cirincione.

In the Dark Silence
Music and Lyrics by Michele Brourman. Performed by Michele Brourman or Lisa Cirincione.

Unlikely Friends
Written and performed by Annie Korzen.

A Balm in Beverly Hills
Written by Faye Sholiton. Performed by Kate Zentall and Sean Topps.

A Dance, A Piece of Bread, and a Life
Words by Dr. Edith Eger. Adapted by Ronda Spinak. Performed by Lisa Cirincione and Annie Korzen.

O, Engineer
Written by Anna Belle Kaufman. Performed by Kate Zentall.

Written by Naomi Shihab Nye. Performed by the Ensemble.


EVE BRANDSTEIN (Director) has made contributions to nearly every facet of the entertainment industry. She has been a major studio executive, a producer, a director, writer/creator, talent manager and author. Eve has a very notable career as a casting director with hundreds of credits for major television and film projects. Some of her credits for casting over three decades include the feature This is Spinal Tap, and among her many television credits, Diff’rent Strokes, One Day At A Time, Facts of Life and Who’s The Boss, The Ponderosa, Little Men, and Beastmaster, to name a few. She has also produced and written series including E/R the comedy series and produced several features. She is currently producing Poetry In Motion in LA at Beyond Baroque and in New York at the Cutting Room. She is presently directing Shut Up, Sit Down & Eat and recently directed the premiere of Revisiting Wildfire and Ronnie Spector’s Beyond The Beehive. Eve is also the director of the Jewish Women’s Theater, “Stories From the Fringe”.
MICHELE BROURMAN (Songwriter) is a Johnny Mercer Songwriter Award winner whose songs have been recorded by Olivia Newton-John, Donny Osmond, Sheena Easton and more. Her best known song, “My Favorite Year”, recorded by Michael Feinstein, Cleo Laine and Margaret Whiting, has become a cabaret standard. Broadway World recently wrote: “Brourman is an unquestionably amazing talent, whose music should be heard by the whole world.” She composed the score for Dangerous Beauty, produced at the Pasadena Playhouse, with lyricist Amanda McBroom. She and McBroom created the songs for sixteen animated features for Universal Studios including the beloved Land Before Time series. Her musical I Married Wyatt Earp, with lyrics by Sheilah Rae, was produced off Broadway and her songs have been featured in television and film. Michele’s CD, Fools and Little Children, is available online.
LISA CIRINCIONE (Actor) is a television, film and stage actress who has shot two national commercials this month, for Sky Italia with Sandra Oh and Pizza Hut. She is currently starring in the LA Times Critic’s Choice production of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge at Pacific Resident Theatre, now in its fourth month of a sold out run. Recent projects include the film Wini + George, which won