Theater J announced Wednesday that it will become the second area troupe forced away from home. The Edlavich DC Jewish Community Center at 16th and Q Streets NW will undergo long-planned renovations that will displace Theater J for the full season.
As a result, Theater J will produce all over town: at the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, GALA Hispanic Theatre and Georgetown University, with artistic director Adam Immerwahr choosing Theater J-style projects appropriate for each venue. Earlier this month Round House Theatre announced that its spring 2019 shows, “Oslo” and “A Doll’s House Part 2,” will be produced at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre downtown as the Bethesda theater gets a remodel.
The Theater J choices:
“The Pianist of Willesden Lane,” at the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater Sept. 12-30: The true story of a young pianist in London during the blitz. The show will feature live performances of classical pieces performed by Mona Golabek; the show is the story of her mother’s life.
“Actually,” by Anna Ziegler, whose “Photograph 51” went from a 2008 premiere with the local Active Cultures theater to a 2011 staging at Theater J and a London production starring Nicole Kidman. “Actually” is a he said/she said sexual consent drama; it will be in Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle Oct. 17-Nov. 18.
“Talley’s Folly,” Lanford Wilson’s 1980 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a 1940s interfaith romance, will be at GALA Hispanic Theatre Dec. 6-31, directed by Aaron Posner.
Immerwahr’s new Yiddish Theater Lab yields its first fruit with “The Jewish Queen Lear,” billed as “the most widely performed script in the Yiddish theatrical canon.” The 1898 drama deals with a rich widow seeking a match for her son; Jacob Gordin’s play has been translated by Nahma Sandrow, and gets its English-language premiere at Georgetown University March 13-April 7.