The Art of Forgiveness

January 28 – February 3, 2013

Jewish women reveal their secrets to forgiving.  But do they ever forget?


Curated, Adapted & Produced by Ronda Spinak
Directed by Ellyn Gersh Lerner
Dramaturge Lisa Rosenbaum
Associate Producers Abby Freeman & Susie Yuré

Twenty Things I Know for Sure
Written by Ann Buxie. Performed by the Ensemble.

Harvey and Ellen
Written by Ellen Switkes. Performed by Caroline Aaron.

Ready and Waiting
Written by Sherri Morr. Performed by Jeanette Horn, Caroline Aaron, and Shelly Goldstein.

The Last Supper
Written by Rabbi Lynne (Kern) Appel.  Performed by Caroline Aaron and Rick Zieff.

Written by Shelly Goldstein. Performed by Shelly Goldstein and Rick Zieff.

Within Reach
Written by Cambria Gordon. Performed by Abbe Meryl Feder and Rick Zieff.

Get This
Written by Cindy Chupack, adapted from her original article that appeared in the New York Times Modern Love Column.  Performed by Shelly Goldstein, Rick Zieff, and Abbe Meryl Feder.

Not Child’s Play
Written by Ronda Spinak.  Performed by Jeanette Horn.

Jewish Haiku
Written by Annie Korzen.  Performed by the Ensemble.

Written by Elizabeth Borgwardt. Performed by Abbe Meryl Feder and Rick Zieff.

Not in a Million Years
Written by Arlene Sarner. Performed by Caroline Aaron.

Four Not So Simple Words
Written by Didi Carr Reuben.  Performed by Jeanette Horn and Ethel Golub.

Greedy for Life
Written and performed by Ethel Golub.

Music and Lyrics by Buckcherry. Performed by Shelly Goldstein.



CAROLINE AARON (Actor) is an accomplished actor in film, television, and stage. Directors such as Woody Allen, Mike Nichols, Robert Altman, Nora Ephron, Paul Mazursky, Don Roos, and many others keep her in demand.  Her work with Nichols includes: on Broadway in Social Security, and in films such as Heartburn (opposite Meryl Streep), Working Girl, Primary Colors, and What Planet Are You From? Film audiences perhaps best know her as Woody Allen’s sister in Crimes and Misdemeanors, but she has worked with Allen in Alice, Bullets Over Broadway, Husbands and Wives, and Deconstructing Harry. She has guest-starred on Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, Shark, Sex and the City, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Six Feet Under, among others.  She is the recipient of a Helen Hayes and Dramalogue Award.

RABBI LYNNE (KERN) APPEL is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and is a poet and writer who has been published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies worldwide. She teaches classes for women in synagogues and is currently working on a Jewish Memoir. As a pulpit rabbi, she created innovative women’s programming focused on excavating the women’s voice in Torah, and the creation of ritual and spiritual writing. Currently, she is working on a documentary about women rabbis, and an accompanying theater piece. She is also in the process of writing two books.

ELIZABETH BORGWARDT (Writer) is an Associate Professor of History and Law at Washington University in St. Louis, where she specializes in the history of international law with a focus on human rights ideas and institutions. Her most recent book, A New Deal for the World: America’s Vision for Human Rights, was published by the Belknap imprint of Harvard University Press and is in its fourth printing. A New Deal for the World garnered the Merle Curti book award from the Organization of American Historians as the best book in the history of ideas, among other awards, including a Pulitzer nomination. Borgwardt recently served as the Richard and Ann Pozen Visiting Professor of Human Rights at the University of Chicago.  Her current project on crimes against humanity in history, law, and politics is under contract with Alfred A. Knopf.

ANN BUXIE (Writer) has her PhD in Mythology. Her dissertation explores the relationship between humans and nature. She has hosted Tales By The Sea, a storytelling concert series for grown-ups, since 1995. Without sharing our stories, peace is impossible.

CINDY CHUPACK (Writer) has won two Emmys and three Golden Globes as a TV writer/producer whose credits include Modern Family, Sex and the City, and Everybody Loves Raymond. She’s currently in New York working on an upcoming HBO show called Divorce starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Hayden Church.  A longer version of this story about her dad appears in her New York Times bestseller The Between Boyfriends Book, and her new comic memoir about marriage, The Longest Date: Life as a Wife, is now available. For more about Cindy, visit

ABBE MERYL FEDER (Actor) has been called “the greatest actress of her generation” by her grandmother. Hailing from the fabulous city of New York, her film credits include Sex Ed (opposite Haley Joel Osment) and Brahmin Bulls. Other credits include The Internet Date (film), Ed(tv), CSI:NY (tv), Pushing Daisies (tv), and Las Vegas (tv). When not pursuing her craft, Abbe is the Director of Operations at IKAR. Twitter and Instagram: @iAMFeder.

ABBY FREEMAN received her BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She is a co-founder of AiRealistic, an aerial theatre com- pany. She has choreographed and performed in New York and Los Angeles, as well as many international cities. She created original work for clients including The LA Philhar- monic, Toyota, Johnson & Johnson, General Motors, and Red Bull. Most recently, she performed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2009 LA Philharmonic Gala, and in the opera Andre Chenier at the Bregenz Festival in Austria in 2011 and 2012.

SHELLY GOLDSTEIN (Actor/Writer) has written for every genre of TV, film, and stage. Her one-woman shows have played to sell-out crowds throughout the US and UK. She co-starred with Sir Derek Jacobi and Vanessa Redgrave in the British film The Riddle and with Vinnie Jones in the Irish film Assault of Darkness. She has written or punched-up scripts, lyrics, documentaries, animation, award shows, jokes and special material for such artists as Steve Martin, Barbra Streisand, Sharon Stone, Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J, Jane Fonda, Garry Marshall, Steven Spielberg and Yoko Ono. She wrote the disco musical, Last Dance, which workshopped on Broadway, and directed the critically-acclaimed hit comedy The Vic &