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.jwt_logo

Jewish Women’s Theatre is known for its “At-Homes” Salon Theatre Series, in which works of theatrical merit are performed in the intimacy of homes. There are three themed shows per season. Subscribers enjoy plays, poetry, monologues, fine art, short films and live music, as well as engaging in discussion… and, of course, great food.

To date, Jewish Women’s Theatre has created 30 original themed shows, commissioned over 50 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 opening off Broadway fall of 2016.

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.

January 22 – February 6, 2017

Exile: Kisses on Both Cheeks
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.

March 19 – April 3, 2017

More Courge
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.

May 7-22, 2017

2016 Jewish Women’s Theatre Season 8

At-Homes Salon Theatre Series

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.

January 17 – February 1, 2016

Beyond Jacob’s Ladder
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.

March 6-21, 2016

Chutzpah & Salsa 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.

May 15-30, 2016

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.

opened at The Braid, November 13, 2014

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

January 18 – February 2, 2015

Uncuffed This funny, poignant, perfect for Passover show explores how Jewish women break the ties that bind.

March 15-31, 2015

Reckoning with Dad 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.
Deadline for submission: December 15, 2014.

May 10 – June 1, 2015

2014 Jewish Women’s Theatre Season 6

At-Homes Salon Theatre Series

Hold Me, Heal Me -– 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.
Directed by Eve Brandstein

January 12-26, 2014 in Los Angeles, January 27, 2014 in Northern California

Sex, Lies, and Virtual Relationships -– This startling, funny, thought-provoking show examines the connect and the disconnect of relationships in the age of the Internet.
Directed by Susan Morgenstern

March 16-30, 2014 in Los Angeles, March 31, 2014 in Northern California

Unknown Stories of Biblical Proportions -– 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.
Directed by TBD

May 18 – June 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, June 2, 2014 in Northern California

2013 Jewish Women’s Theatre Season 5

At-Homes Salon Theatre Series

The Art of Forgiveness -– 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.
Directed by Ellyn Gersh Lerner

January 28-31, Feb 2 & 3 2013

God Plans, And Woman Laughs -– World Premiere 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.
Directed by Ellyn Gersh Lerner

March 18-21, 23 & 24 2013

Oh, Mother! -– 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.
Directed by Ellyn Gersh Lerner

May 20-23, 25 & 26 2013

2012 Jewish Women’s Theatre Season 4 Gratitude

At-Homes Salon Theatre Series

A Full Cup -– 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.
Directed by Ellyn Lerner

January 30-February 2 2012

Saffron and Rosewater -– The perfume of Iranian nights will transport you in a fragrant evening of stories, song and lovely surprises.
Directed by Eve Brandstein, material adapted from works by Esther Amini, Farideh Goldin, Gina Nahai, Angella Nazarian and Dora Levy Mossanen.
Co-Produced by Jessica Youseffi

March 19-22 2012

The Moment You Knew -– Jewish women share moments of discovery and awakening, offering a poignant collection of revelatory work.
Directed by Susan Morgenstern

June 6-8 2011

2011 Jewish Women’s Theatre Season 3

A Benefit at the Museum of Tolerance 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. Written by Rabbi Lynne A. Kern and Ronda Spinak. Star actors: Laraine Newman, Caroline Aarons, among others.

January 22 & 23, 2011

At-Homes Salon Theatre Series

Jewish Women Do Men 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.

February 6-8 2011

Eden According to Eve -– World Premiere -– 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. Directed by Bari Hochwald.

April 4-6 2011

Blessing of a Broken Heart 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. Lisa Robins stars.

June 6-8 2011

2010 Jewish Women’s Theatre Season 2
At-Homes Salon Theatre Series

Hey, Gorgeous! Beauty in the time of Botox. Jewish women muse on what it means to be beautiful, inside and out. Guest Resident Director Kayla Gordon directs material by Monica Piper, Leah Komfeld Friedman, and Susan Yankowitz. Deborah Pearl sings her own lyrics to Benny Carter’s music. Performances by Maia Danziger and Caroline Aarons. Two world-premiere short films by Ronda Spinak, Jewish Beauty Is and Ugly Beautiful. Acclaimed artist Ruth Weisberg speaks about beauty and art, as well as award-winning photographer Shelley Gazin shows her portraits of beautiful women.

January 11-13 2010

You Call This Love? Post Age of Aquarius, women ponder the questions: What is love? Do I get enough of it? Directed by Deborah LaVine, with “art talk” and interactive art-making with Performance and Fine Artist Doni Silver Simons. Material by Carol Schlanger, Lynne Himelstein, Jennifer Maisel, and a commissioned world premiere piece by Monica Piper. Musical performances by Ilene Graf. A screening of two short films, God, My Lover & Jewish Women Love.

March 22-24 2010

Stories From The Fringe: Women Rabbis, Revealed! 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. Written by Rabbi Lynne A. Kern and Ronda Spinak. Directed by Eve Brandstein. Performances by Abby Freeman, Bari Hochwald and Kate Zentall, with Robert Trebor.

May 3-5 2010

2009 Jewish Women’s Theatre Season 1

At-Homes Salon Theatre Season

Pass the Salt—Stories about Food The Bialy Eaters – World Premiere
Adapted from Mimi Sheraton’s book of the same name, By Ellen Sandler.

February 23-25 2009

Say Yes—Unlikely women say yes to being Jewish Material by Vicki Juditz, Alla Rubin, Deborah Pearl, Betsy Salkind and Michele Gendelman.

March 23-25 2009

Generations—Mothers and daughters joust about what it means to be family. A collection of writings by Jennifer Maisel, Carol Schlanger, Susan Merson, Ronda Spinak, and Barbara Nell Beery.

May 4-6 2009



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