It’s A Life

Stories that celebrate life while looking at the ironic, mystifying, and oftentimes unbelievably funny events surrounding death.
March 9-28, 2019



Material Adapted, Curated, and Produced by Ronda Spinak
Directed by Susan Morgenstern & Shelly Goldstein
South Bay Producer Liz Altman • SF Bay Producer Carol Kirsh
Dramaturg Lisa Rosenbaum Literary Manager Suzanna Kaplan
Assistant Producer Barbara Koletsky Associate Producers Rose Ziff & Susie Yuré
Artistic Associate Daphna Shull Assistant Artistic Director Andrew Fromer

It’s A Life is dedicated to the memory of JWT’s beloved Board Member,
PENNY SPARK (June 30, 1956 – January 10, 2019)
who believed in JWT’s mission of sustaining Jewish stories and Jewish values

Welcome – JWT Artistic Director Ronda Spinak

The EEW Dance
Written by Suzanna Kaplan. Performed by Arva Rose.

Lost & Found
Written by Jared Vagy. Performed by Harris Shore.

My Zaydie
Written and performed by Arva Rose.

The Club
Written by Lizzie Shackney. Performed by Charlotte Evelyn Williams.

Last Mitzvah
Written by Lisa Rosenbaum. Performed by Charlotte Evelyn Williams, Arva Rose
and Lisa Robins.

Mr. Wonderful
Written by Judy Carter. Performed by Lisa Robins, Harris Shore, and
Charlotte Evelyn Williams.

Written by Tajlei Levis. Performed by Arva Rose.

Still in the Game
Written by Eve Lederman. Performed by Harris Shore.

The Prayers of Other Hearts
Written by Laura Sheinkopf. Performed by Charlotte Evelyn Williams.

Written by Olivia Goodkin. Performed by Lisa Robins.

The Suitcase
Written by Alan Duncan Ross. Performed by Harris Shore.

The Perfect Dive
Written by Susan Baskin. Performed by Lisa Robins.

Cyber Obit
Written by Ellen Switkes. Performed by Arva Rose and Ensemble.

Asking Around for You
Words and music by Mike Himelstein and Joe Bonamassa. Performed by
Charlotte Evelyn Williams.


LIZ ALTMAN (South Bay Producer) wrote “Almost a Sacrifice,” previously performed at the JWT salon Unknown Stories of Biblical Proportions. Other credits include song lyrics for activities at the University of Michigan and the Dallas Bar Follies; and co-directing, co-writing, and performing in the annual SMU law school follies. JWT: Advisory board member and South Bay producer. Professional: vice president of a real estate company. Hobbies: tennis, art, and travel. Special love to her muse, Louis.