New York City is one of the world centers of great theater, and many of our congregants are participants in the NYC theater scene–as producers, actors, directors, volunteers, theatergoers…one day the light went on: hey, let’s put on a show!
In 1981, Rodeph Sholom produced Fiddler on the Roof with Joan Steinman and Bea Bayer as assistant directors to Andy Cadiff and Stephanie Lasher as assistant stage manager to Ken Weiss. It was followed by seven other productions, including such greats as Show Boat, King and I, and The Sound of Music. After an eighteen-year hiatus, the Rodeph Sholom Theater Company was reinstated in 2005 by Rabbi Leora Kaye and a small group of theater-enthusiast congregants, Jerilyn Perman, Brad Zizmor, and Peter Shaerf to name a few. Our production draws on the talents of our congregants and working theater professionals. Some recent productions include Oliver!, Seussical™, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, 42nd Street, and The Drowsy Chaperone.
Photo Credits: Jacob Perman and Paula Mermelstein