(Sherri) has been honored to have played the role of Sherri in The Blessing of a Broken Heart
from its first public readings and subsequent run at the San Diego Rep, to libraries, schools, JCCs and theatres across the U.S. & Canada. After growing up “Jew-ish,” with no ritual whatsoever, yet always curious about what it meant, the “Jewish phase” of Lisa’s career began with Hairpieces
(produced by the predecessor of JWT) in 2000, soon after her daughter, Renata, was born. Upon her return from a stint in NYC where she performed in 2 original plays back to back, Lisa won the lead in Cornerstone’s Center of the Star,
written by Yehuda Hyman (who eventually recommended her for Blessing
). She has since enjoyed a plethora of Jewish roles, leading her to joke about being typecast as the “New Jew.” Lisa was an atheist Jew in Center of the Star
at the Greenway. In Cornerstone’s Long Bridge,
directed by Bill Rausch at the Ford, she was a lesbian Jew. Michael Elias’ Catskill Sonata
, directed by the late, great, Paul Mazursky at the Hudson and Matrix allowed her to be a socialist/bohemian Jew. Lisa’s been a proud member of the JWT community since the first Salon show held in Ronda Spinak’s living room, creating an abundance of wonderful characters all written by Jewish women. Other LA theatre includes Nora & Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore
(d. Jenny Sullivan), at the Geffen, Tom Baum’s Shock Therapy
(d.Jenny O’Hara), Hal Ackerman’s Testosterone
(d.Michael Arabian), and most recently Gena Acosta’s Good in Bed
(d.Asaad Kelada) at the Actors Studio where she is a lifetime member. Film & TV include The Rum Diary
opposite Johnny Depp, Mildred Dean in James Dean
, (d.Mark Rydell), Henry Jaglom’s Ovation
, & many other films, guest stars, & commercials. She is currently performing the poems of Ricardo Quinones at various venues around LA.
Special thanks to Todd Salovey who allowed Lisa to help hone the script while giving her a Jewish education to enrich her character (and her life), Ronda Spinak for giving Blessing an LA home, all the previous kids and families involved with Blessing, and Rabbi Naomi Levy, who so generously gave Renata her education and bat mitzvah. Robbie, who taught her how to survive deep grief, Kitty, Rick & family for being here, and to Lisa’s most stellar work of art, Renata, who has taught her the deep riches of what it means to be a mother.