The Jewish Wife

by Bertolt Brecht

The Jewish Wife is a brilliant and chilling look at the way in which the politics of hate seeps into the everyday lives of ordinary people. Judith is a beloved wife, a friend, a bridge player, a housewife, and Jewish. But this chronicle of everyday German life at the dawn of the Nazi regime explores how relationships contort and fear and suspicion penetrate every layer of society.

Sunset Point

- world premiere

by Arlene Hutton

Sunset Point finds recently engaged Rachel and Henson both returning back home to New York after hectic travels from other ends of the country. But before either person can settle in or unpack, a set of papers in the mail cause a fissure between the two. If the past represent a haven to one and anguish to another, can a couple find common ground in the present?

Self Help in the

Anthropocene

- world premiere

by Kristin Idaszak

 

Joy and her wife are throwing a party tonight...if anyone shows up. But Joy's wife is nowhere to be found, so she is tidying alone. As she sorts through her belongings, she struggles to make sense of her past and the present world around her. Self Help in the Anthropocene examines the holes in our lives that we try to fill through consumption, and how we decide what to keep and what to leave behind. Who and what will survive the sixth mass extinction? And will it spark joy?

abouttheplaywrights

Arlene Hutton

 

Arlene is the author of Last Train to Nibroc (Drama League Best Play Nomination), Letters to Sala, I Dream Before I Take the Stand and Three Sisters Brontë. Hutton’s plays have been developed at the New Harmony Project and The Lark and produced Off- and Off-off B’way, in Edinburgh, London and throughout the world. She is a MacDowell Fellow, alumna of New Dramatists, member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and on faculty at The Barrow Group.

Kristin Idaszak

Kristin is a two-time Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow, has received the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award. She was the Shank Playwright in Residence at the Goodman Theatre and a member of the 2017-2018 Goodman Playwrights Unit. She has received commissions from EST/The Sloan Foundation, Cleveland Play House, and Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Kristin is the Artistic Director of Cloudgate Theatre and previously served as Associate Artistic Director/Literary Manager of Caffeine Theatre and Associate Artistic Director of Collaboraction. MFA: UC San Diego. kristinidaszak.com

About the

evening

Set in the not-to-distant past, the very present, and the not-far-off future, NLTP's Spotlight Series presents an evening of three one-act plays that blend the human and political. Inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s one act play, The Jewish Wife, commissioned playwrights Arlene Hutton and Kristin Idaszak have written two new one-act plays to accompany, addressing religious persecution, gender and the apocalypse.

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THE JEWISH WIFE

TBA as Wife

TBA as Husband

SUNSET POINT

TBA as Henson

TBA as Rachel

SELF HELP IN THE ANTHROPOCENE

Lucy Lavely* as Joy

TBA as Wife

 

† indicates NLTP company member - click on name for more info

* indicates member of Actors Equity Association

Directed by Jerry Heymann

Casting by TBD Casting

Scenic & Prop Design by Jessica Parks

Costume Design by Kara Branch

Lighting Design by TBA

Sound Design by The Roly Polys

Stage Management by Caitlyn Annelise Dominguez*

Assistant Stage Management by Linda Elizabeth

Technical Direction by TBA

Press Representation by Karen Greco

† indicates NLTP company member - click on name for more info

* indicates member of Actors Equity Association

Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt was a German theater practitioner, playwright, and poet. Coming of age during the Weimar Republic, he had his first successes as a playwright in Munich and moved to Berlin in 1924, where he wrote The Threepenny Opera with Kurt Weill and began a lifelong collaboration with the composer Hanns Eisler. Immersed in Marxist thought during this period, he wrote didactic Lehrstückeand became a leading theoretician of epic theatre (which he later preferred to call "dialectical theatre") and the so-called V-effect. During the Nazi period he lived in exile, first in Scandinavia, and during World War II in the United States. Returning to East Berlin after the war, he established the theatre company Berliner Ensemble with his wife and long-time collaborator, actress Helene Weigel.

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