Jewish Women’s Theatre

Ronda Spinak, Artistic Director

Jewish Women’s Theatre, a Los Angeles non-profit, gives voice to Jewish women, those traditionally stereotyped. By commissioning new work and producing “Salon” theatre, JWT broadens the view of Jewish women and creates a body of work that stands as a testament to their lives, establishes a legacy for future generations, and makes a lasting contribution to Jewish culture.

Jewish Women’s Theatre is known for creating a new theatrical art form called “Salon Theatre,” a show curated around a theme and comprised of mostly true stories written as a play, poem, essay, humorous monologue, story or film. Our signature series called “At-Homes Salon Theatre” are shows of theatrical merit and are performed in the intimacy of homes, synagogues, JCCs, and for organizations all over Southern California and beyond.. Subscribers enjoy the show as well as engaging in discussion… and, of course, great food.

To date, Jewish Women’s Theatre has created 45 original themed shows, commissioned over 60 short and long-form plays and monologues, adapted 60 works and presented six short films. Shows have been performed in synagogues, JCCs, Museums, Jewish Institutions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Chicago. In 2014 JWT opened its own performance and art space in Santa Monica, CA with a full-length show it commissioned, NOT THAT JEWISH, by Monica Piper. It ran for 16 months and garnered a 2015 LA Drama Critics Circle award nomination. NOT THAT JEWISH opened off Broadway fall of 2016 and ran for over 200 performances! JWT also produced Rain Pryor’s Fried Chicken & Latkes, Annie Korzen Famous Actress, and Vicki Juditz’s Ovation Recommended, Sacred Resistance.

At-Homes Salon Theatre Series 2020 – Season 12

Mapping of the Mind January 18 — February 3
Mental illness is no laughing matter, but these stories and poems just might surprise you with their humor, heart, courage and hope.

Sex, Addiction & Love in the 21st Century March 14— March 30
These dangerous, outrageous, and oftentimes tender stories of the carnal sort will leave you panting and wanting more!

AHA! Moment May 9 – May 3
Funny, truthful and endearing stories of the moment when you “just knew” life was about to change…sometimes for the better, but not always.

At-Homes Salon Theatre Series 2019 – Season 11

Family Secrets Jan 19 – Feb 10
Secret stories of youthful indiscretions, missteps, dishonest acts and outright naughty activities that make for a moving, eye-opening, and funny show exploring events only whispered about, until now!

It’s a Life March 9 – March 28
Tears may come, but also laughter as we celebrate life while looking at the ironic, mystifying, and often times unbelievably funny events surrounding death.

True Colors May 4 – May 20
Humorous, revealing and inspiring stories from Jews of Color exploring identity, community and being a Jew in modern times.

At-Homes Salon Theatre Series 2018 – Season 10

The Accidental Activist January 20 – Feb 5
A moving and humorous show about people who act to right a wrong, help the helpless, or bring forth a smile where there was no hope.

Crossing Our Red Sea March 10 – March 26
A surprising show revealing life’s truths found in the Passover story…This is not a re-enactment of the exodus story, but a show that performs the Haggadah using thought-provoking contemporary stories, poems, plays and songs that will make you laugh and cry.

Guilty Parties May 5 – May 22
This is a funny poignant show exposing the guilt of a new generation.

Sacred Resistance June 21 – Oct 7
Vicki Juditz’s tour-de-force explores her journey to Judaism and how doing good in the world is a salve for our times today.

2017 Jewish Women’s Theatre Season 9

At-Homes Salon Theatre

The Matzo Ball Diaries
This show reveals the delicious secret stories of food and home. Laugh and cry as we discover the power of food to nourish, heal or move us to action.

Exile: Kisses on Both Cheeks January 22 – February 6, 2017
The Sephardic legacy of family, community, and country, looking for home more than 500 years after the expulsion from Spain is a Jewish immigrant story that is rarely told on stage.  Until now.

More Courage March 19 – April 3, 2017
We all want more courage.  This show explores stories of brave acts, small or large, that changes lives and inspire us all.  It also shares those moments when we just can’t seem to muster the courage to do the right thing.

2016 Jewish Women’s Theatre Season 8

Temptation January 17 – February 1, 2016
A delicious and dangerous discovery of secrets of Jewish women in this shocking and surprising show that will surely evoke laughter and tears, but most of all, remind you how seductive temptation can be.

Beyond Jacob’s Ladder March 6 –21, 2016
Ripped from the pages of our sacred text and reimagined for the modern age, this hilarious and provocative show of newly commissioned pieces explores yearning, betrayal and loss, and just might upend your preconceptions about the bible.

Chutzpah & Salsa May 15 – 30, 2016
Our sisters south of the border serve up funny, poignant and pivotal moments in their lives as they share what it means to have a Latina heart and a Jewish soul.

2015 Jewish Women’s Theatre Season 7

Salon Theatre Series

Not That Jewish– a commission of JWT
Written by Emmy Award-winner writer Monica Piper. Directed by Eve Brandstein.

He Said… She Said January 2 – February 2
A provocative show, full of surprises and laughs, as men and women tell all about food, family and fooling around.

Uncuffed January 18 – February 2
This funny, poignant, perfect for Passover show explores how Jewish women break the ties that bind.

Reckoning with Dad May 10 – June 1
Whether we love or hate the father figures in our lives, there comes a time when we must make war or peace with them. Be prepared for an evening that is as often brutal as it is amusing.

2014 Jewish Women’s Theatre Season 6

Hold Me, Heal Me January 12 – 27
Kindness comforts us even in our most broken moments. This show about vulnerability and strength in the face of adversity calls up as many laughs as tears.

Sex, Lies, and Virtual Relationships March 16 –31
This startling, funny, thought-provoking show examines the connect and the disconnect of relationships in the age of the Internet.

Unknown Stories of Biblical Proportions May 18 – June 2
Stories from our sacred texts are reinterpreted for the modern age. Any preconceptions are sure to be upended with this hilarious and provocative show of newly commissioned pieces.

2013 Jewish Women’s Theatre Season 5

The Art of Forgiveness January 28 – February 3
Is there an art to forgiveness? Jewish women reveal their secrets to forgiving. But do they ever forget? Find out in this moving and thought-provoking show about what it means to truly forgive.

God Plans, And Woman Laughs March 18 – 24
No matter how many plans are made, life is unpredictable. This evening of new material explores the often surprising outcomes to our hopes, dreams, and private wishes.

Oh, Mother! May 20 – 26
Jewish women are setting the record straight about Jewish mothers. And there is nothing cliche about it! Don’t miss this “must see” Mother’s Day show.

2012 Jewish Women’s Theatre Season 4 Gratitude

A Full Cup January 30 – February 2
When Jewish women count the blessings in their lives, be prepared to laugh and cry in a no-hold-back show of quick wit and deep emotion about gratitude.

Saffron and Rosewater March 19 – 22
The perfume of Iranian nights will transport you in a fragrant evening of stories, song and lovely surprises.

The Moment You Knew June 6 – 8
Jewish women share moments of discovery and awakening, offering a poignant collection of revelatory work.

2011 Jewish Women’s Theatre Season 3

A Benefit at the Museum of Tolerance January 22 & 23
A reading of the play Stories from the Fringe: Women Rabbis, Revealed! — A peek into the lives of a cadre of innovative women who are Rabbis.

Jewish Women Do Men February 6 –8
They’re our fathers, brothers, sons and lovers. Find out what a bunch of talented Jewish women are saying about the men they love AND the men they love to hate.

Eden According to Eve April 4 – 6
What happens when beloved Jewish folktales and bible stories are re-imagined from a feminine perspective and set in today’s world? Find out in this raucous and heartfelt evening of commissioned works.

Blessing of a Broken Heart June 6 – 8
Adapted from Sherri Mandel’s award-winning memoir of the same name, this heart-breaking story tells of one mother’s grief over the brutal murder of her son and how she manages to live again

2010 Jewish Women’s Theatre Season 2

Hey, Gorgeous! January 11 – 13
Beauty in the time of Botox. Jewish women muse on what it means to be beautiful, inside and out.

You Call This Love? March 22 – 24
Post Age of Aquarius, women ponder the questions: What is love? Do I get enough of it? Includes a screening of two short films, God, My Lover & Jewish Women Love.

Stories From The Fringe: Women Rabbis, Revealed! May 3 – 5
A reading of a new play written by Rabbi Lynne A. Kern and Ronda Spinak, culled from the transcripts of the documentary film about 18 LA women rabbis entitled, On the Fringe. Three actresses breathe life into the words and memories of 18 women rabbis of Los Angeles.

2009 Jewish Women’s Theatre Season 1

Pass the Salt — Stories about Food February 23 – 25

The Bialy Eaters – World Premiere
Adapted from Mimi Sheraton’s book of the same name, By Ellen Sandler.

Say Yes March 23 – 25
Unlikely women say yes to being Jewish

Generations May 4 – 6
Mothers and daughters joust about what it means to be family.


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