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Jewish Theater Series

A collaboration between Northlight Theatre and the Chicago History Museum.  Download the brochure here.


New Voices: Festival of Jewish Plays

A staged reading series of new plays written by emerging Jewish American writers. These important new theatrical works highlight the growth of the contemporary Jewish Diaspora in our nation's landscape.


Saturday, February 9, 7:30pm
White Gloves
by Susan Leiberman
directed by Robin Witt


Set in Chicago's Maxwell Street neighborhood in the 1920s and 30s, White Gloves tells the story of Fanny Wexler, a Jewish immigrant who struggles to reconcile her sharp business mind and high aspirations with a heart that yearns for romance. As modern dance hall tunes clash with old Yiddish melodies, Fanny navigates a difficult path as she searches for happiness and harmony.


About the Playwright: A resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, Susan Lieberman has received a Jeff Citation for Arrangement for Two Violas and a Jeff Award nomination for Prairie Lights, plus two regional Emmy teleplay nominations.



Sunday, February 10, 2:30pm
We All Fall Down
by Lila Rose Kaplan
directed by Devon de Mayo


The Steins don't believe in organized religion, but this year Linda has summoned her family home for Passover. No one knows how to do a Seder and no one knows why they're there. Why is Linda having this Seder? Will this ancient ritual bring the Stein family together or tear them apart?


About the Playwright: Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow Lila Rose Kaplan's play Wildflower made its Off-Broadway debut at Second Stage Uptown in 2009 and was published by Dramatists Play Service. Her other plays include We All Fall Down, Home Of The Brave, Entangled, Bureau Of Missing Persons, and Tink.


Tuesday, February 12, 7:00pm

Emerging Talent: Four Plays by Young Playwrights

Stand Down the March 

by Naomi Brodkin
When college student Liv learns one of her professors is a Holocaust denier who plans to hold a march on campus, she is propelled into action.


Season of Giving
by William Glick
In December 1944, Gertrude Mandel enjoys the Christmas season at her father's State Street department store, and faces a changing reality for her Jewish family and her life at home.


by Brandy Reichenberger A
group of Edgewater women share kosher recipes, family anecdotes, and bitter dieting rage during an early-morning workout session.


A Moment in Time
by Gloria Terry
Voices from the past relive their final moments during the Jewish Holocaust. Together, they break through the barriers of time to tell stories of strength, struggle, and liberty, while fighting to survive genocide.



Single programs $15/$10 museum members and Northlight Subscribers ($5 student tickets for February 12 only)
New Voices festival pass $40/$25 museum members and Northlight Subscribers


Purchase invidivual tickets online
To purchase a festival pass, please call 312.642.4600


The Chicago History Museum
1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

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