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Jonathan Adam Ross Holder of a BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School, Jonathan has performed his one-man show, Walking in Memphis: The Life of a Southern Jew, Off-Broadway and around the globe. A founding company member of the Northwoods Ramah Theater and Storahtelling, he is currently touring his new solo show, L’Chayim, about a Jewish family living through a generation of assimilation. For more visit www.jonathanadamross.com.
In a time when religion plays such a large role in the way our world is run, L’Chayim provides a look into the role religion plays in our homes. Under the direction of Chantal Pavageaux, L’Chayim follows all the members of a fictional, American, Jewish family as they live through a generation of assimilation. Michael and Jonathan have co-written this tale of love and family, and the role that religion plays in defining who we are as people. At times hilarious and touching, you will meet many characters throughout the show from Elaine Zipper, the goofy president of the Beth Shalom Sisterhood, to Jacob Greenbaum, the Poland-born patriarch who drives the play. It’s a life cycle piece, but also a close-up examination of modern, religious life in America.
Directed by Chantal Pavageaux
Co-written by Michael Feldman and Jonathan Ross
Original Music by Matt Kalin
Walking in Memphis: The Life of a Southern Jew
Walking in Memphis: The Life of a Southern Jew traces the life of Jonathan Ross, an actor and playwright now living in New York City. Jonathan begins the play by giving his background, his origin, and the show weaves itself through his childhood as a Jew in the Southern city of Memphis, Tennessee. It is a unique journey of passage, and it is made all the more so by the characters Jonathan inhabits. He begins with his family of course, a logical place to start. But soon branches out into Elizabeth, his family’s housekeeper, Clarence, his barber, Jim Grigg, their Southern Baptist next-door neighbor, and many others. He even spends some time during the show at Jewish summer camp. And by the end of the show, the audience feels like its been sitting in a living room having a conversation with a dozen or so people even though they were in a theater, listening to just one person, and not speaking themselves at all. Jonathan touches on the lives and deaths of many people during the course of the show, and ends the show with a touching, and quite humorous, remembrance of his mother; ending the show in a fitting way, as all Jewish services do – with Adon Olam.