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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Edward Coffield, New Jewish Theatre’s Artistic Director 

New Jewish Theatre announces lineup for 2020-21 season

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished March 12, 2020

He had me at “Crossing Delancey.”That was my response when Eddie Coffield shared the lineup for the New Jewish Theatre’s 2020-21 season, beginning in October. Coffield is artistic director of NJT, which is part of the Jewish Community Center.Although...

New Jewish Theatre’s production of “We are the Levinsons” open March 19 and runs through April 5. Photo Greg Lazerwitz

New Jewish Theatre presents ‘We Are the Levinsons’

Published March 8, 2020

The New Jewish Theatre continues its record-setting season with “We Are the Levinsons,” Wendy Kout’s compelling play about a multi-generational Jewish family as they laugh, learn and love their way through a year of life and death. Weaving comedy...

Gary Wayne Barker and Courtney Bailey Parker in the New Jewish Theatre production of ‘District Merchants.’   

A Standing O for NJT

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished February 27, 2020

A record 21 nominations for the New Jewish Theatre in the 2020 St. Louis Theater Circle Awards shows that the local drama scene is catching up with what many of us have known for a long time: The troupe’s performances are first-rate.The honors for...

Edward Coffield, New Jewish Theatre’s Artistic Director 

NJT receives record 21 nominations for St. Louis Theatre Circle Awards

BY ERIC BERGER, ASSOCIATE EDITORPublished February 13, 2020

The New Jewish Theatre received a record 21 nominations for the 2020 St. Louis Theatre Circle Awards for outstanding achievement in St. Louis Professional Theatre, the organization announced Feb. 7. Their previous high was 12 nominations for plays performed...

Kathleen Sitzer, Sarajane Alverson and Erin Renee Roberts perform in the New  Jewish Theatre production of ‘Raging Skillet’ last fall. Photo: Eric Woolsey

New Jewish Theatre

Published January 2, 2020

Address: Marvin & Harlene Wool Studio Theatre 2 Millstone Campus Drive St. Louis, Mo. 63146Phone: 314-442-3257 (voice & fax)Email: [email protected]: newjewishtheatre.org or jccstl.orgEdward Coffield, Artistic Director-ProducerProviding...

Will Bonfiglio stars in the New Jewish Theatre production of the one-man play ‘Fully Committed,’  which runs through Dec. 22. 

Will Bonfiglio is ‘Fully Committed’ in sharp one-man comedy at NJT


In 2017, Will Bonfiglio won the St. Louis Theater Circle Award for outstanding actor in a comedy for his performance in “Buyer and Cellar,” a one-man show at Stray Dog. He portrayed an unemployed actor who goes to work in Barbra Streisand’s private...

Jane Paradise performs in ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs.’ Photo: Greg Lazerwitz

Funny, poignant ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ offers strong start to NJT’s 2019-2020 season

Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished October 17, 2019

Artistic director Edward Coffield made a wise choice in selecting “Brighton Beach Memoirs” to open the New Jewish Theatre season. Not only is this highly autobiographical play by Neil Simon typically a crowd-pleaser, but the NJT production in particular...

Edward Coffield

An inside look at NJT’s new season; St. Louis art notes

By Ellen Futterman, EditorPublished September 26, 2019

Play timeFew Monday mornings start off as chill as a coffee date with Eddie Coffield, artistic director of the New Jewish Theatre. We got together at Colleen’s in Clayton to talk about the new NJT season, the first one he officially put together. Of...

From left: Cristina Buciu, Lucy Dhegrae and Dana Hotle are three of the featured artists in this year’s Gesher Music Festival.

2019 Summer Arts Guide


The big chill of this past winter finally thawed, just in time for the weather — and the St. Louis arts scene — to sizzle. As the temperature heats up, so does the local entertainment scene, with literally dozens of live performances, concerts, festivals...

Graham Emmons and Jessica Kadish play the bride and groom in New Jewish Theater’s ‘I Now Pronounce.’ Photo: Jon Gitchoff

Say ‘I do’ to ‘I Now Pronounce’ at NJT

By Judith Newmark, Special to the Jewish LightPublished May 22, 2019

A wedding is a lot like theater, complete with stars, costumes, sets and, not infrequently, plot twists. So, if writers take inspiration from the altar, why not? After all, the source material is abundant.Playwright Tasha Gordon-Solmon draws from that...

New Jewish Theatre’s production of ‘I Now Pronounce’ (coming May 15). PHOTO: Eric Woolsey

Wedding gown again plays key role in NJT production


Weddings, while usually joyous occasions, can also generate more than their fair share of stress, including the bride’s decision about what to wear on the big day. Google wedding dress and stress, and more than 100 million results come back. Popular...

Jill Goldwasser and Glenn Randall 

STL teens in top BBYO roles; NJT’s next season; Sing for Siteman

Published March 1, 2019

Teens on a missionThree St. Louis-area teens are taking on major leadership roles on an international Jewish platform.Earlier this month, at BBYO’s International Convention in Denver, St. Louisans Jill Goldwasser, a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High...

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