More Courage

May 6 – 16, 2017

Featuring stories by Jews and Muslims that illuminate our humanity, celebrate universal themes, and connect us all.




Adapted, curated & produced by Ronda Spinak

Directed by Eve Brandstein & Susan Morgenstern

Co produced by Aziza Hasan, Julie Bram, Maryam Saleemi, Sandy Savett, & Claudia Sobral

South Bay Producer Liz Altman  SF Bay Area Producer Carol Kirsh

Assistant Director/Tech Director Michelle Altman

Assistant Producer/Stage Manager Barbara Koletsky

Associate Producers Susie Yure & Rose Ziff

This a partnership with NewGround: Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change 

Written by Yasmin Magahed.  Performed by the ensemble.

Fresh Air and Miracles
Written by Suzanna Kaplan.  Performed by Tiffany Mualem, Mark Jacobson and Aneela Qureshi.

Negotiating Courage
Written by Mustafa Zeno.  Performed by Mark Jacobson.

One Foot in Front of the Next
Written by Bara Swain.  Performed by Ayelette Robinson and Tiffany Mualem

The Way Things Should
Written by Jelaluddin Rumi, 13th century mystic poet. Performed by Mark Jacobson.

The Space Between
Written by Maria Khani.  Performed by Aneela Qureshi and ensemble.

You Can’t Be Beautiful and Hate
Written by Barra Grant.  Performed by Tiffany Mualem and Ayelette Robinson.

Kosher Rebel
Story by Abby Stein.  Adapted from an interview by Julie Bram.  Performed by Ayelette Robinson.

Social Experiment — A Commission of Jewish Women’s Theatre
Written and performed by Travina Springer.  In Springer’s absence, performed by Aneela Qureshi.

Mothers – Adapted from Hadassah Magazine, April/May 2014 Issue.
Written by Leora Eren.  Adapted by Ronda Spinak.  Performed by Ayelette Robinson, Aneela Qureshi and Mark Jacobson.

Mi Shebeirlach
Music and Lyrics by Debbie Friedman.  Performed by Ensemble


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; 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.

MICHELLE ALTMAN (Assistant Director) grew up in the South Bay, then moved to the Midwest, and graduated from Drake University with a BFA in Theatre/Acting with a concentration in directing. She then moved to Chicago to pursue her career in theatre before coming back to LA to work with JWT. Directing credits include The Chocolate AffairSure ThingA Smell of Burnt FeathersImmature (co-writer), When Angels WeptEverybody Needs a Good Night OutThe Titus Andronicus Project (co-writer/producer), and Fishbowl: A Dramatic Improv. JWT credits include Fried Chicken & Latkes (Tech Director/Stage Manager), Temptation, Matzo Ball Diaries, and Exile: Kisses on Both Cheeks (Assistant Director).  Thank you to all who support the arts community!

EVE BRANDSTEIN (Director) has made contributions to every facet of the entertainment industry from studio executive, producer, director, writer/creator, talent manager, and author. Eve also has a notable career as a casting director. Credits include the feature This is Spinal Tap , television credits include Diff’rent Strokes, One Day At A Time, Facts of Life, Who’s The Boss, Beastmaster and Total Recall. Among her television production credits, she produced and developed  E/R the comedy series, and produced and directed the series John Waters Presents Mov