Posts Tagged ‘Ari Roth’

DCJCC Fires Ari Roth from Theater J

His comments to the media on internal censorship of diverse viewpoints were deemed insubordinate.

The Admission, Which Closes This Weekend, Reviewed

If you haven’t yet seen the controversial play that made its English-language debut at Theater J in March and raised the ire of local pro-Israel activists, here’s your last chance. After a sold-out “workshop” run at Theater J and a 22-show extension produced by Busboys and Poets at the Studio Theatre, The Admission is staging [...]

ToDo ToDay: “Pictures In the Parlor” at the American Art Museum and Father’s Children at Howard Theatre

"Pictures in the Parlor" is a bit of an oddity. Nominally a photography show, the Smithsonian exhibit spotlights “decorative images”—primarily portraits of family members—that were displayed in homes "to convey the values, aspirations, and achievements of their owners." It also shows how families of modest means viewed photography not as an art form with its [...]

With Saturday Shows, Theater J Gets With the Times

Two weeks ago, Theater J made history when it performed a play on Saturday afternoon at its home in the D.C. Jewish Community Center. It was the first time the company had performed on Shabbat—the Jewish calendar's day of rest—in that venue.
It was kind of a big deal, mostly because even progressive synagogues like Sixth & [...]

Theater J’s Ari Roth Writes a Play…About Me

Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth once told me he comes from the Anna Deavere Smith school of verisimilitude: He is a writer of fact-based plays. So I'm not quite sure what to make of Preparing for News, a 10-minute play by Roth that will be performed tonight at Theater J as part of the annual Dramathon [...]

Arts Roundup: Theatrical Reaganomics Edition

The National Women's History Museum remains unbuilt—but its fundraising efforts and management look mighty suspicious. [HuffPo]
The next installment of National Harbor gallery Art Whino's "G40"—a punishingly democratic exhibit of street art—won't take place in D.C. but Richmond. [Style Blog]
Wale hangs out with Curren$y and a chamber ensemble in a private jet hangar. [Pitchfork]
How'd D.C. theater [...]

The Locavore’s Dilemma: Theater J Begins Its Festival of Local Plays

It's 45 minutes before the pay-what-you-can preview of Renee Calarco's The Religion Thing, and I'm exchanging niceties with Ari Roth, Theater J's artistic director. We're chatting about the importance of telling stories with real-world weight when he hits me with this: "When you talk about the theater-ticket-buying community, they don't give a rat's ass or a [...]

Realizing Madoff

The new script for Imagining Madoff has many of the things that were present the first time Theater J planned its staging. Talmudic excerpts. Meditations on the New York Mets. Lapidary dialogue verging on poetry. And a hauntingly wrought Madoff character, a notorious but little-known villain through whom playwright Deb Margolin delivers a portrait of [...]

Imagining Madoff Will Open Theater J’s 2011-2012 Season

Deb Margolin's Imagining Madoff, as you probably remember, never opened the 2010-2011 season of Theater J as originally intended. The play—a freewheeling inquiry into the mind and morality of Bernard Madoff that invented a booze-soaked encounter between the disgraced financier and the humanitarian icon Elie Wiesel—was derailed after Wiesel threatened legal action against the theater, taking [...]

Ari Roth Is Unfazed by Return to Haifa Detractors

When Return to Haifa—which makes its American debut at Theater J this weekend—first opened in Tel Aviv in 2008, playwright Boaz Gaon and the Cameri Theatre found themselves barraged by protestors on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian divide. The play's opening brought Palestinians objecting to an Israeli adaptation of a novella by one of their own [...]