On this episode, Lisa and Maureen are back to chat with Vicki Juditz (see bio below), the writer and star of JWT’s next show, Sacred Resistance. They are also joined by JWT’s Producing Director (as well as the show’s director) Susan Morgenstern (see bio below), who has worked with Vicki to craft this riveting, humorous and poetic performance that compels us to ask the question, “What am I doing to make the world a better place?” Join us to hear how Vicki’s unconventional path to Judaism might be just the thing that inspires audiences to repair the world…VICKI JUDITZ Best known in LA for her one-woman show Teshuvah, Return about her journey to Judaism, Vicki has performed her original stories at theaters and festivals across the country, including the National Storytelling Festival and the Aspen LAFF Festival. Her story Boca aired on KCRW’s UnFictional and Swing Dancing was featured in an episode of The Moth Radio Hour. On TV, she has played comic roles on Coach, Everybody Loves Raymond, and My Name is Earl. This coming year Vicki will be performing at the Sierra Storytelling Festival in Northern California and with Storytelling Arts of Indiana in Indianapolis.
SUSAN MORGENSTERN began directing in college by staging musical theatre concert readings while co-teaching American Musical Comedy with Tom Lehrer at UC Santa Cruz. She went on to teach and direct at the renowned Stage Door Manor performing arts camp in upstate New York. In Los Angeles, for Theatre West, Susan has directed selections from David Ives’ All in the Timing; the musicals Just Too Cool, book by Mary Garripoli, music by Phil Orem; and Saturday Night at Grossinger’s, book by Stephen Cole, music by Claibe Richardson; and Barbara Nell Beery’s play, The Socialization of Ruthie Shapiro. At the Falcon Theatre she directed Leap, by Arnold Margolin, Surviving Sex, by David Landsberg, and the hit comedy, The Psychic, by Sam Bobrick. Susan directed Happy Days, a New Musical, book by Garry Marshall, music/lyrics by Paul Williams, at Cabrillo Music Theatre. She directed an extended-run production of Meryl Cohn’s comedy Reasons to Live at the Skylight Theatre. In 2014, Susan began working as a consultant show director at Disneyland Parks and Resorts, Anaheim. She has directed numerous JWT salon shows, and now happily holds a position as JWT’s Producing Director.