NCJW event features Hannah Rosenthal; local theater highlights

By Lois Caplan

“THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE,” a Max & Louie production, is making a big splash and it hasn’t even opened yet. According to Stellie Siteman, artistic director of Max & Louie, the New York Times called the show “bitchy fun,” and Stellie assured me that the local cast of women will not disappoint.  Of the play, Stellie said, “We are so excited to bring to St. Louis audiences this dynamic and powerful play. It’s bold and brilliantly funny but raised fascinating and complex questions about female love and friendship.” The play will open Friday, July 10 and run through Sunday, July 26, with performances on Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. “The Killing of Sister George” will appear at the Wool Studio Theatre in the Jewish Community Center’s Arts and Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. For tickets (general admission $35, seniors $30) call 1-800-838-3006 or visit 

FOR DIE-HARD THEATER GOERS, Grand Center is offering its annual Theatre Crawl on Friday, July 3 from 6 to 9 p.m. It’s a tasting menu of the best of St. Louis theaters, with shows from nine performing arts companies, presenting works from classic opera to contemporary comedy. You can stroll to each of the performances, which take place every half hour. Among the theater companies represented will be Stray Dog Theatre, West End Players, Union Avenue Opera performing “Don Giovanni” and Prison Performing Arts in “Shakespeare’s Moon.” Sounds like a fun evening and it is absolutely free. Look for more information online at

“BRING IT ON,” COCA’S summer musical, will be presented June 26 and 27 at the Edison Theater at Washington University. I tell you briefly about it because I saw COCA’s summer musical last year and was overwhelmed at the professionalism of the cast, the choreography and the direction. For tickets, visit

NEW TO NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN (NCJW) is a leadership roundtable featuring Hannah Rosenthal, a nationally recognized social activist. Rosenthal will discuss “Women as Agents of Social Change; How Big Can You Dream?” Tuesday, June 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Maryville University.The cost for the event is $10, which includes a wine and cheese reception.  Rosenthal obviously dreamed big as she served in the administrations of both President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama. Table discussions will include “How Can Women Affect Social Change?” and “How Can We Learn From Women in the Front Lines?”  For reservations, visit by June 25.

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“BECOME A ZOO PARENT and bring home a polar pal to keep you cool this summer,” read my mail the other day from the Zoo. This message was not new to me, as for years every summer I adopted a grizzly on Father’s Day as a gift to my father, Bert Baer, and took my kids to the Zoo to visit Uncle Grizzly.  Now for 40 bucks you can adopt our newly arrived polar bear, Kali, and receive a special adoption package, which includes a 12-inch polar bear plush toy, your name on the Zoo Parents Donor Wall plus a personalized adoption certificate. You can order by phone at 314-646-4771. Zoo Parents Program proceeds go directly to the care and feeding of the animals.