Sacred Resistance

June 19 – October 7, 2018

PODCAST

Hear Vicki Juditz’s interview on the JWT Podcast

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THE PROGRAM

Written and Performed by Vicki Juditz
Directed by Susan Morgenstern
Produced by Ronda Spinak
Lighting Designer Ernest McDaniel
Stage Manager  Michelle A. Prudente
 Associate Producers Susie Yuré & Rose Ziff
Artistic Associate Daphna Shull

Sacred Resistance was made possible with generous gifts from Annette & Leonard Shapiro and from Gail Solo.

 

PRESS

“Spectacular…”
“Funny, poignant and completely satisfying…”
– Santa Monica Daily Press

“…makes this litany of ‘do-gooding’ funny.”
– Jewish Journal review by Wendy Paris

“Juditz leaves us with a very relevant takeaway, ‘What am I doing to make the world a better place?”
If the Devil Had Menopause Review

“Another Winner at Jewish Women’s Theatre”
– Splash Magazines

“Lovely, personal, and compelling…”
“Universal…”
– Stage Right…or Not With Michele Willens Podcast (at the 4min and 15sec mark)

“A Winner…” “Fascinating.”
– WillCall.org

Read “Vicki Juditz’s Journey to Judaism,” an interview with the Jewish Journal

TESTIMONIALS

“From the moment Vicki Juditz stepped onto the stage, I knew I was in the hands of a master storyteller.  This show managed to touch my heart, make me laugh, and, inspire.  What a journey packed into this tiny gem of a performance.”
– Susan, Audience member

“My friend Julie, who is not Jewish, had tears in her eyes at the end of the show and said, ‘There is nothing that could make this play better. It’s beautiful.”
– Audience member

ARTIST BIOS

VICKI JUDITZ (Performer/Writer) has performed her original stories at theaters and festivals across the country, including the Sierra, Flying Leap, Timpanogos, Minnesota, Bay Area, and national storytelling festivals as well as the Aspen LAFF Festival, the Jewish Arts Festival of Hong Kong, and the Asolo Theater in Sarasota, Florida. Los Angeles audiences see her regularly around town in the spoken-word series Tasty Words, Spark, Tell It!, Tales by the Sea, Listen to Your Mother, Expressing Motherhood, Off My Head, Story Salon, Library Girl, Strong Words, and at Moth Story SLAMs and Grand SLAMs. Her story “Swing Dancing” aired on the Moth Radio Hour and her story “Boca” was featured on KCRW’s UnFictional. For the past several years, she has had the privilege of being part of many Jewish Women’s Theatre salons. Vicki has written, produced, and toured with a number of one-woman shows, including Teshuvah, Return; Where Do Babies Come From?; and Life After Life. For Teshuvah, Return she received a Drama-Logue Award and an L.A. Weekly nomination for Best Female Solo Performer. Sacred Resistance is an adaptation of that well-received show. For several years she wrote personal essays on environmental issues for the online publication Mad As Hell Club. On TV she has had comic roles on Coach, Everybody Loves Raymond, My Name Is Earl and Yes, Dear and has appeared in countless commercials. This July she will return to the Sierra Storytelling Festival in Nevada City, CA, will be performing for Storytelling Arts of Indiana, and will be a teller-in-residence in Storytelling Live! at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN.

RONDA SPINAK (Producer/JWT Artistic Director) creates and produces JWT’s At-Homes Salon Theatre Series, beginning its 11th season. She has curated more than 40 original Jewish-themed salon shows for JWT, as well as adapted many of the pieces performed. Spinak developed and produced Not That Jewish at JWT’s The Braid, which ran for 16 months, garnered a LA Drama Critics Circle nomination, only stopping to move to off-Broadway. She also produced Rain Pryor’s hit show, Fried Chicken & Latkes for The Braid. Spinak co-wrote Stories From the Fringe, putting the stories of women rabbis on stage for  the first time. Since then, she and her team have interviewed on videotape, 180 national and international women rabbis, and in partnership with Jewish Women’s Archive have made many of the interviews available online at www.jwa.org. She’s the author of the critically acclaimed exercise book, ProBodX (HarperCollins), wrote for Rugrats, and her plays include Oscar Wilde’s Wife, a favorite at the Ashland New Play Festival. Spinak graduated from Stanford University, completed her MBA at UCLA and her masters in writing at USC. She has served as a grant reviewer for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, is on the board of the Alliance for Jewish Theatres, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. She feels blessed to be working with the many talented and inspiring women who give so generously to Jewish Women’s Theatre. A special thanks to ADR. Find more information: www.jewishwomenstheatre.org.

SUSAN MORGENSTERN (Director) began directing in college by staging musical-theatre concert readings while co-t