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The AJT Conference,

Dec 7-10, 2014

Dear Friends:
We are very excited for the upcoming Association for Jewish Theatre Conference in Washington, D.C. with Theater J. A lot of work has gone into this conference to create one of the finest presenting, connecting, informing, and brainstorming conferences we have ever had. The theme of ADAPTATION AND TRANSFORMATION, chosen by the conference committee headed up by Hannah Hessel Ratner and Art Levine and with Barbara Trainin Blank, Ari Roth, Rebecca Ende, Sara Bookin-Weiner, Aaron Henne, Doug Brook, Eli Taylor, and myself -- this theme is meant to honor Jewish roots and to look forward to the future of Jewish theatre. 

We are also pleased to announce that AJT will honor one of American theatre's shining lights, Zelda Fichandler, at the December 8, Monday night honors dinner. This award will be presented at the Czech Republic Embassy, which is graciously hosting the event. 

Ms. Fichandler dedicated her early career to the establishment of America’s regional theatre movement. In 1950 she founded Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage and in 1975 it was the first regional theatre to be recognized by the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League with the Regional Theatre Tony Award for outstanding achievement. She has received the George Abbott Award, The Acting Company’s John Houseman Award, the Margo Jones Award, and the National Medal of Arts, and in 1999 she became the first artistic leader outside of New York to be inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.

If you haven't yet registered I strongly encourage you to do so for all or part of the conference. Our amazing AJT Coordinator Eli Taylor is waiting for your call. And not to sound overly-biblical, but we sounded our shofar and we were heard near and far - as we gather with some of the finest theatre people who are yearning to be inspired, to deepen themselves, to explore new opportunities and to celebrate! See you there.

Warmly, 
David
AJT President

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Conference Schedule

SCHEDULE


SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7

1pm -430 pm Registration and packet pick up

                                                                      HOTEL HELIX


5:30 pm – 6:45 pm Pre-Show Reception                                                                                            THEATER J


 7:30 pm THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL’S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES  by Tony Kushner                    THEATER J


Post Show Talkback with Ari Roth, Artistic Director of Theater J                                                                         THEATER J


MONDAY, DECEMBER 8

(*all events at Theater J unless designated otherwise)

8:30 am    Coffee and Nosh


9 am      AJT Roundtable and “Make-the-Connection” with conference attendees


10:30 am  “Speed-dating” theatre producers/dramaturgs from AJT and Washington DC area with playwrights and solo performers


12 pm        Affinity Group Lunches at area restaurants (pay on own)


1:30 pm     Solo Performers and Playwrights Showcase

 

3: 30 pm   CONVERSATION I:  Adapting the Shape of the American Jewish Theatre  - David Winitsky – Artistic Director of Jewish Plays Project, New York City a development house for 21st Century Jewish theater based in NYC. Also with representative from The Welders, dog & pony dc and members of the National New Play Network.


5 pm         BREAK


*6:30 pm   DINNER AND AJT HONORS Embassy of the Czech Republic (directions given at the conference)


The Association for Jewish Theatre is proud to honor a leader in theatre at its conferences and this year the honoree is: Zelda Fichandler,  Founding Artistic Director of Arena Stage Ms. Fichandler dedicated her early career to the establishment of America’s regional theatre movement.  In 1950 she founded Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage and in 1968 she produced The Great White Hope, which became the first production to transfer from a regional theatre to Broadway, winning the Tony and the Pulitzer Prize, and launching the careers of James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander. Her production of Inherit the Wind toured Soviet St. Petersburg and Moscow and Arena Stage was the first American theatre company sponsored by the State Department to do so. Like many other regional theatres afterward, Arena Stage cultivated an evolving but resident company over the decades that included some of America’s best actors: Robert Prosky, Frances Sternhagen, George Grizzard, Philip Bosco, Ned Beatty, Roy Scheider, Robert Foxworth, Jane Alexander, James Earl Jones, Melinda Dillon, Dianne Wiest, Max Wright, Marilyn Caskey, Harriet Harris, and Tom Hewitt. In 1975 it was the first regional theatre to be recognized by the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League with the Regional Theatre Tony Award for outstanding achievement. When Ms. Fichandler retired as producing artistic director of Arena Stage in 1990, she had achieved the longest tenure of any non-commercial producer in the annals of the American theater. Ms. Fichandler is Chair Emeritus of New York University’s acclaimed graduate acting program where she personally taught, guided, and inspired more than 500 acting students, including Marcia Gay Harden, Rainn Wilson, Billy Crudup, Debra Messing, Peter Krause, and Michael C. Hall. She has received the George Abbott Award, The Acting Company’s John Houseman Award, the Margo Jones Award, and the National Medal of Arts, and in 1999 she became the first artistic leader outside of New York to be inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. 


8 pm       KEYNOTE: Aaron Posner on The Art of Adaptation


Aaron Posner is a widely recognized director and adapter, whose most recent work Stupid F*cking Bird, an adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, is currently playing at Wooly Mammoth Theatre Company in D.C. It received the 2014 Helen Hayes Award for the Best New Play and Outstanding Resident Production. Posner also adapted two of the most celebrated Jewish novels, both by Chaim Potok - The Chosen and My Name Is Asher Lev (Outer Circle Critics Award for Best New Off-Broadway play). Founder and former artistic director of Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre, Posner has directed at major regional theatre companies from coast to coast.


10 pm    Socialize in bar                                                                                 HOTEL ROUGE or HELIX


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 9

(All events at Georgetown University Davis Center for the Performing Arts or the Campus unless designated otherwise)


9 am Travel to Georgetown University                                                                             

                                                                        BUS OR TAXIS


10 am CONVERSATION II: Adaptation and Transformation From Our Lives – Jewish and Other Identities in Our Theatre 

• Hannah Hessel Ratner – V.P. of AJT and Audience Enrichment Manager, Shakespeare Theatre Wash. D.C.

• Ralph Meranto – Artistic Producing Director of Centerstage Theatre at the JCC Rochester, NY

• Stacie Chaiken – Director and Performer of What’s The Story and Witness: Responsibility

• David Chack – Pres. of AJT and Artistic Producing Director of ShPIeL-Performing Identity

 

11:30 am   WORKSHOPS TO CHOOSE (more to come):

Adaptation, Translation, and Midrash: A Workshop on Text Transformation - Edward Einhorn Artistic Director of Untitled Theatre #61

Adapting Narrative in a Word-for-Word Style- Sacha Reich, Executive Director Jewish Theatre Collaborative in Portland, OR.

Embodying the Text: Adapting Narrative into Movement for the Stage – Aaron Henne, Artistic Director of theatre dybbuk in L.A.


1 pm Lunch, Bag lunches provided


1:30 pm   SPECIAL PANEL on Difficult Themed Theatre

• Michal Aharoni – Israeli Playwright

• Ari Roth – Artistic Director of Theatre J

• Deborah Baer Mozes – Artistic Director of Theatre Ariel;

Arnold Mittelman - President and Producing Artistic Director, National Jewish Theater Foundation. Director NJTF Holocaust Theater International Initiative


3 pm CONVERSATION III: Adaptation for Transformation into the Lives of Others

• Derek Goldman is Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University and Co-Founding Director of the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, a joint initiative between the Theater and Performance Studies Program and the School of Foreign Service. 

• Alisa Solomon is author of Wonder of Wonders the cultural history of Fiddler on the Roof. She directs Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism’s Arts and Culture concentration and won the George Jean Nathan Award for theatre criticism.

• Dr. Colin Greer has been the President of the New World Foundation since 1985. Formerly a Professor at Brooklyn College, CUNY, his books include (with Herbert Kohl) A Call to Character and The Plain Truth of Things. Other books include, with Frank Riesman and Alan Gartner, What Nixon is doing to Us and After Reagan What? He is also a playwright and is currently writing on a new iteration of his play Imagining Heschel about singular moments in the life of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, working with David Chack.


5 pm BREAK AND DINNER ON OWN

EVENING OF THEATRE IN WASHINGTON, DC, WITH FREE OR DISCOUNTED TICKETS -- INCLUDING 7:30 pm FREE READING OF “KARSKI PROJECT” AT GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY


10pm Socialize in bar
                                                            HOTEL ROUGE or HELIX


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10

(all events at Hotel Helix)


9 am    GREAT BRUNCH                                                                                HOTEL HELIX


9:30 am AJT General Membership Meeting with Board Elections


10:30 am CONVERSATION IV: Transforming Jewish Theatre


12 pm Good and Welfare


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Registration Info

For more conference information and to register clickhere

Conference Hotels

The conference hotels are the Hotel Helix and the Hotel Rouge, both within walking distance of Theater J.

 

Hotel Helix -- 1430 Rhode Island Avenue, Washington, D.C.

  • Group block name: Association for Jewish Theatre Conference
  • Group room rate: $129/night (excluding taxes)
  • Reservation deadline (for conference room rate): November 10 (or until room block is full -- so reserve early!)
  • Reservations (phone): 866-508-0658
  • Reservations (online; automatically includes group block): https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=26740&Chain=10179&group=11180102608
     

Hotel Rouge -- 1315 16th Street, Washington, D.C.


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Association for Jewish Theatre
℅ Eli Taylor
8030A West Lyons St
Niles, IL 60714

Best,
Eli Taylor
AJT Coordinator 


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