True Colors

Humorous, revealing and inspiring stories from Jews of Color exploring identity, community and being a Jew in modern times.
May 4 – May 21, 2019
Sept. 19 – 22, 2019






Material Adapted, Curated, and Produced by Ronda Spinak
Produced by Eric Greene
Directed by Susan Morgenstern
Dramaturges Lisa Rosenbaum & Susan Baskin
Literary Manager Suzanna Kaplan
South Bay Producer Liz Altman
San Francisco/Bay Area Producer Carol Kirsh
Assistant Producer Barbara Koletsky
Associate Producers Rose Ziff & Susie Yuré
Artistic Associate Daphna Shull
Assistant Artistic Director Andrew Fromer

WELCOME – Ronda Spinak, JWT Artistic Director

The Color of Love Adapted from The Color of Love: A Memoir of a Mixed-Raced Jewish Girl, (Agate Publishing, Inc., 2019).
Written by Marra B. Gad. Performed by Brie Eley, Heidi Mendez, and Kimberly Green.

El Beso Adapted from Traveling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys, (Duke University Press, 2013).
Written by Ruth Behar. Performed by Heidi Mendez.

True Colors
Used by permission of songwriter, Billy Steinberg. Performed by Katherine Washington.

Sabbath Peace
Written by Larry M. Sanders. Adapted from an interview by Ronda Spinak. Performed by Joshua Silverstein, Brie Eley, Katherine Washington, and Heidi Mendez.

The Men in My Life
Written by Marissa Tiamfook Gee. Performed by Kimberly Green.

Beit Din
Written by M. A. Hosein. Performed by Brie Eley, Heidi Mendez, and Joshua Silverstein.

Eli, Eli
Written by Hannah Senesh. Music arranged by Marcos Cohen, a/k/a Mor D. Hai. Performed by Katherine Washington.

Written by Maria Ramos-Chertok. Performed by Heidi Mendez.

No Joke
Written by David Chiu. Performed by Joshua Silverstein, Kimberly Green, Brie Eley, and Katherine Washington.

Hanukkah, Bakersfield Style
Written by Courtenay Edelhart. Performed by Katherine Washington.

Kimchi on the Seder Plate
Written by Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl. Adapted from an interview by Ronda Spinak. Performed by Kimberly Green and Ensemble.

Special — A Commission of Jewish Women’s Theatre
Written and performed by Joshua Silverstein.


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; and 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.

SUSAN BASKIN (Dramaturg) wrote the Academy Award-winning film Violet and has written extensively for television and film. Her essays have been published in The Los Angeles Times Magazine and Los Angeles Magazine. “I, Citizen,” her last piece for Jewish Women’s Theatre, was commissioned for the 2018 Annual Fall Party. She is currently at work on a novel.

RUTH BEHAR (Writer) is the Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan and the recipient of a MacArthur Fellows “Genius” Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. A traveler, storyteller, poet, educator, and public speaker, her books include The Presence of the Past in a Spanish Village, Translated Woman: Crossing the Border with Esperanza’s Story, The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology That Breaks Your Heart, An Island Called Home: Returning to Jewish Cuba and Traveling Heavy: A