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St. Louis Jewish Light

Edward Coffield, New Jewish Theatre’s Artistic Director 

New Jewish Theatre announces lineup for 2020-21 season

By Ellen Futterman, Editor 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...

Wendy Kout is the playwright of ‘We Are the Levinsons,’ coming to the New Jewish Theatre March 19-April 5.

‘Levinsons’ writer embraces Jewish ‘legacy of laughter’

By Judith Newmark, Special to the Jewish Light March 12, 2020

Editor's update (March 16): The New Jewish Theatre has postponed "We Are The Levinsons" due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be rescheduled for later this summer. When Wendy Kout, author of “We Are the Levinsons,” a touching comedy opening March...

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

A Standing O for NJT

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL 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 EDITOR 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...

Amy Loui and Spencer Sickmann perform in New Jewish Theatre’s production of ‘My Name Is Asher Lev.’  

Artistic genius clashes with Hasidism in ‘Asher Lev’ at New Jewish Theatre

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus January 30, 2020

A deeply affecting production at the New Jewish Theater of “My Name is Asher Lev” compellingly paints a vivid picture of the clash between a revered Hasidic rabbi and his artistic prodigy son, whose God given gifts are both brilliant and blasphemous.Caught...

Spencer Sickman stars in “My Name Is Asher Lev at the New Jewish Theatre. Photo: Greg Lazerwitz 

Bringing ‘Asher Lev’ to the stage

By Judith Newmark, Special to the Jewish Light January 24, 2020

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has said he loved “My Name Is Asher Lev.” The novel’s author, Chaim Potok, heard similar reactions from readers in India – in fact, from readers all over the world.Neither the Latinx theater artist nor...

The 2019 New Jewish Theatre production of ’Brighton Beach Memoirs.’ Photo: Greg Lazerwitz

2019 was a very “haimish” year for St. Louis theater

By Judith Newmark, Special to the Jewish Light January 16, 2020

Maybe I’m just super-aware of these things. But I can’t be the only one to have noticed that on stages around St. Louis, 2019 seemed exceptionally . . . Jewish.And we’re not just talking schmaltz. This was challenging, high-quality theater,  beautifully...

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

BY JUDITH NEWMARK, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT December 12, 2019

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...

Edward Coffield

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

By Ellen Futterman, Editor 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...

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 Light 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

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR May 9, 2019

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...

Gary Wayne Barker and J. Samuel Davis in The New Jewish Theatre production of District Merchants.

‘District Merchants’ reimagines Shakespeare’s most controversial play

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus February 1, 2019

At one time not long ago, it would have been unthinkable for a Jewish theater company to produce William Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice,” the lead character of which is Shylock, a bloodthirsty and corrupt moneylender in the fabled city during...

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