DC’s Theater J won’t produce allegedly anti-Israel play, will still present it as workshop

(JNS.org) The Washington DC Jewish Community Center’s (DCJCC) Theater J troupe will not produce Israeli playwright Motti Lerner’s “The Admission,” following concerns that the play reflects an anti-Israel perspective, the Washington Jewish Week reported.

Mike Nussbaum in Theater J's "Imagining Madoff." Credit: C. Stanley Photography.

Instead, Theater J will be present the play as a workshop with audience feedback. The decision was made “to give the work the context that the work and the audience deserve,” DCJCC CEO Carole Zawatsky said.

A group called Citizens Opposed to Propaganda Masquerading as Art since 2009 has opposed the funding of Theater J by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Robert Levi—chairman of the board of the National Council of Young Israel—wrote in an August letter to the federation that “The Admission” reflects a “neo-anti-Israeli perspective, which is contrary to the mission of the federation.”


Posted on October 11, 2013 .