David Rush


1622 Tina Drive
Murphysboro, IL 62966
618 319 2037
Mission Statement: To write plays that reflect my heritage and express my vision of life.

DavidRushDAVID RUSH has had productions of plays in major venues and has won many awards. Relevant here is work done at the Jewish Ensemble Theater (Chicago), the Jewish Rep (NYC) and recently The Jewish Plays Project (NYC). Many of his plays are infused with his Judaic sensibility, but those dealing with specific Jewish themes, characters or situation are described here.

MILLER AND THE JABBERWOCK A senior professor of political philosophy is accused of anti-semitism in his classroom by a Holocaust descendant. Today he faces a committee which will decide his future. Stage Left Theater, Chicago.

ESTELLE SINGERMAN Estelle is an elderly widow looking for immortality on one magical night in Chicago as she and Warren race through a surreal Chagall-like nightscape trying to avoid a killer unicorn. First Prize winner: 2013 Jewish Play Project contest. Best Play: Dayton Future Fest.

FEATHERS IN THE WIND (book & lyrics) A musical tapestry that uses the folk tales of the wise fools of Chelm to fashion a tale of faith, as Rabbi Itzik searches the world over for his villagers. Produced in Chicago (A Jeff Recommended show) and published by

PRAIRIE LIGHTS (Lyrics) A musical based on the Orphan Trains. Two Jewish orphans are taken in by the only Jews in Wellsprings, Nebraska. As the town deals with prejudice and fear, the youngsters bring renewed faith and love during the holiday season. Produced at Stage Left (Chicago), many synagogues and theaters, and published by Dramatic Publishing Co.

LENNY A solo play about Leonard Bernstein.

ELEPHANTS A retired druggist and a street lady conspire on a drug deal. Produced by Jewish Repertory Theater (NYC).


Alliance for Jewish Theatre’s 2020 Virtual Conference Sunday, October 25th to Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 The Alliance for Jewish Theatre is seeking Performance Proposals for AJT’s 2020 Virtual Conference. Accepted […]

Read More

Join or renew your AJT membership now for 2020! Not sure if it’s time to renew? Check with us at To join or renew Complete the Membership Form (PDF […]

Read More
Support AJT

We value your gift that connects and is a catalyst for Jewish Theatre worldwide. Thank you for your support! If you’d like to make a donation, please click on the […]

Read More

Check out our members – a cross-section of playwrights, directors, artistic directors, dramaturgs, critics, and other practitioners of Jewish theatre: Members: Want to update your page? Don’t have a page […]

Read More

Check out our member theatres – a wide array of performing arts organizations around the world, with a focus or interest in Jewish theatre. Members: Want to update your page? […]

Read More