Season 13: Plays & Musicals

September 22 - October 10, 2021

TWO JEWS WALK INTO A WAR...

by Seth Rozin
DIRECTED BY DAVID HAMMOND



Ishaq and Zeblyan are the last remaining Jews in Afghanistan. They share the only remaining synagogue that has not been destroyed by the Taliban. They share a mission to repopulate the Jewish community in Kabul. But they also hate each other. Can this Middle Eastern odd couple commit to one incredible act of faith to keep the diaspora alive without killing one other? A modern vaudeville full of schtick, sorrow, and survival.

"It’s a clear call to carry on, no matter how difficult the times."
The New York Times

"Two Jews Walk Into a War'' is cleverly titled, signaling that it's a comedy. But make no mistake, he has written a thoughtful examination of faith and a yearning for tradition in a changing world."
Broad Street Review

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Performance Schedule

Previews (September 22 & 23)
Wednesday at 7:30pm
Thursday at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Regular Performances (September 24 - October 8)
Friday at 8:00pm
Saturday at 2:00pm and 8:00pm
Sunday at 2:00pm
Tuesday at 2:00pm
Wednesday at 7:30pm
Thursday at 7:30pm

Running Time: 90 min. with no intermission
Talk Back with the cast after the Sunday matinee performances.

Media

This production is timely! Early in September, 2021, the last Jew in Afghanistan officially left the country in the midst of the Taliban takeover. Read this CNN article for the full story


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Artists

Bob Ari (Zeblyan) Playhouse On Park Debut! New York: ACT ONE, FROST/NIXON, BELLS ARE RINGING, LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR, PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE, DIE MOMMIE DIE. Regional: Denver Theatre Center THE GREAT LEAP; George St. Playhouse RED, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV; Shakespeare Theatre of D.C. KISS ME KATE; Cleveland Playhouse LOMBARDI; Walnut St. Theatre ART, HOTEL SUITE; Fulton Theatre CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF and many others. Tours: FROST/NIXON (US) and WEST SIDE STORY (Europe). Films: BLEECKER (upcoming), TWO LOVERS, WANTED, KISSING JESSICA STEIN, MUSIC OF THE HEART and CRADLE WILL ROCK. T.V.: MADAME SECRETARY, MANIFEST, BLINDSPOT, ELEMENTARY, VEEP, THE GOOD WIFE, all three LAW & ORDERs and many others. Training: Carnegie-Mellon and the Moscow Art Theatre School.

Mitch Greenberg (Ishaq) Playhouse on Park: Mordechai A SHAYNA MAIDEL. An award-winning actor and audiobook narrator, Mr. Greenberg studied under Sanford Meisner, William Esper & Uta Hagen. Sample credits… Broadway: eleven shows, from HOLLYWOOD/UKRAINE (1980) to IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU and FIDDLER(2016). Off-Broadway: Simon WIESENTHAL, RIGHT KIND OF PEOPLE, SHERLOCK HOLMES, OLD WICKED SONGS, THE BAKER’S WIFE, etc. Goodspeed: RAGS (2017), YOU NEVER KNOW and CUTMAN. Others: Freud FREUD’S LAST SESSION, Otto …ANNE FRANK, DeMille SUNSET BLVD, Jack BRIGHTON BEACH/BROADWAY BOUND, Stephen Schwartz’ SNAPSHOTS, BEAU JEST, original cast THE CHOSEN, “ART”, TALLEY'S FOLLY, A FUNNY THING..., THE COCOANUTS (Hayes nominee), THE GOOD DOCTOR and RUN FOR YOUR WIFE!. Songwriter, cruciverbalist and “certifiable genius” (N.Y. Times).

David Hammond (Director) is Artistic Director Emeritus of PlayMakers Repertory Company and a former resident director for the American Conservatory Theater and the Yale Repertory Theatre. He has directed productions for the Roundabout Theater in New York, the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, and the Comedia Nacional, Teatro Alianza, Telon Rojo, and Institucion Teatral El Galpon in Montevideo, Uruguay. He has staged operas for the San Francisco Opera, the Aspen Music Festival, the Carmel Bach Festival and the Opera Company of North Carolina. An Emeritus Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and Guilford College, he has also taught on the faculties of the Juilliard School, The American Conservatory Theatre, the Yale School of Drama, the New York University Graduate Acting Program at Tisch School of the Arts and the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. A specialist in Shakespeare, he has coached productions or conducted workshops for the Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Atlantic Theatre Company, the American Conservatory Theatre and the Actors' Center. He dedicates his work on this production to his paternal grandparents, Harry and Fanny Haimowitz.

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