Gallery Players Announces 68th Season
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus is proud to announce the 68th season of Gallery Players productions, including two plays and two musicals. From 16th century Venice to present day Indiana, the season will continue to entertain audiences and explore stories of Jewish culture from all angles.
The 2016-17 season begins with the incredible untold story of Dr. Ruth Westheimer in “Becoming Dr. Ruth” by Mark St. Germain, Sept. 24-Oct. 1. The play recounts her journey from being orphaned in Nazi Germany to becoming a Haganah sniper in Jerusalem to struggling as a single mother in the United States. Full of humor and honesty, “Becoming Dr. Ruth” brings to life the spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth.”
In December, Gallery Players will present “13,” as written by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Thirteen-year-old Evan Goldman grapples with his parents divorce, a recent move from New York City to small-town Indiana, and his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. The musical which runs Dec. 3 – 18 will feature a cast entirely made of teenagers.
From Feb. 25 to March 12, 2017, Gallery Players will bring to life the musical “Ragtime”, as written by Terrence McNally, with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, and based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow. “Ragtime” tells the story of America and its melting pot at the dawn of the 20th century, weaving together the stories of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – all united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future.
The 68th season will wrap up with Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” May 6 – 21. In 16th century Venice, young noble Bassanio wishes to woo to wealthy and beautiful Portia, but must seek funds from a friend to do so. His friend Antonio, a merchant, agrees to be the guarantor on a loan from the Jewish moneylender Shylock who has suffered much abuse from the merchant. Although a romantic comedy, the play is often remembered for its dramatic scenes as it tackles anti-Semitism and mercy in the face of exploitation.
Individual tickets can be purchased now at jccgalleryplayers.org. Season tickets will go on sale soon.
The 68th Season Performance Schedule:
“Becoming Dr. Ruth” by Mark St. Germain – September 24-October 1
Show Times: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sep. 24, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sep. 25, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sep. 29, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1
“13” as written by Dan Elish and Robert Horn, with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown– Dec. 3-18
Show Times: 8 p.m. Saturday Dec. 3, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, 7:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 15, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18.
“Ragtime” as written by Terrence McNally, with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty – Feb. 25 – March 12
Show Times: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2:30 p.m., Sunday, March 5, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 9; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 11; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 12
“The Merchant of Venice” by William Shakespeare – May 6-21
Show Times: 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11; 8 p.m. Saturday, May 13; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18; 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21