West Coast Jewish Theatre

West Coast Jewish Theatre

FOUNDER

Naomi Karz Jacobs

 

 PRESIDENT EMERITUS

Leslie Martinson

 

 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Howard Teichman, President

Elaine Abramson, Secretary

Ruth Flinkman Marandy, Treasurer

Cyona Burstyn

Mike Burstyn

Cheryl David

Naomi Karz Jacobs

Andrea Lee

Ben Marandy

 

 ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Howard Teichman

 

 EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR

Bill Froggatt

 

PUBLICITY

Phil Sokoloff

 

PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHER

Michael Lamont

 

AFFILIATIONS

Assn. for Jewish Theatres

L.A. Stage Alliance

 

 

About WCJT

The West Coast Jewish Theatre is a California non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation devoted to the quality production of dramatic and comedic plays, musical theatre, revues and special performances.

Mission

Our mission is to portray Jewish history, philosophy and culture through theatrical productions dealing with Jewish life in days past, present and future. Through these presentations we hope to foster a respect for and understanding of the Jewish heritage. In carrying out this mission, the West Coast Jewish Theatre has the following objectives:

  1. To keep alive dramatic works of the past, and to promote and encourage new and contemporary playwrights whose plays deal with Jewish themes;
  2. To reach out to members of the Jewish community and their children and offer them an opportunity to connect positively with their roots, their ethnicity and their family; and
  3. To portray to the non-Jewish community the unique qualities of the Jewish people, and those qualities shared with everyone that make us all equal in the family of man.

In accomplishing these objectives through entertaining and enlightening theatre, we hope to be a source of pride for both the Jewish community and the community at large.

History

The West Coast Jewish Theatre was founded in 1993 when Naomi Karz Jacobs assembled a group of friends with Yiddishkeit and love of theatre in their hearts. They wanted to find a way to start a permanent Jewish theatre in Los Angeles. At that time, Los Angeles was the second largest Jewish community in the United States, with a pool of the most talented people in the film, television and theatre industries and was the home of major Hollywood studios. Yet it had no Jewish theatre. Furthermore, there were over forty-five Jewish theatres throughout the United States and Canada, including smaller communities like San Antonio, Texas, which has three Jewish theatres. Despite the fact that several previous attempts by others had failed, Naomi garnered support from many talented, dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers of all ages who felt strongly about this need and its importance to Jewish cultural continuity. They wanted to carry on Jewish traditions through the arts, specifically Jewish theatre. Education was also a major objective. For those who may not be affiliated with Jewish organizations or synagogues, the opportunity to experience provocative theatre can broaden perspectives and interests in Jewish culture.

Productions

The West Coast Jewish Theatre began with staged readings, musical and comedic performances. Always with an eye on quality, the productions involved talented performers and directors such as:

Corey Allen, Bea Arthur, Edward Asner, Barbara Bain, Shelley Berman, Bonnie Franklin, Budd Friedmann, Arlene Golonka, Elliott Gould, Harold Gould, Estelle Harris, Monty Hall, Rocky Kalish, Hal Kanter, Bernie Kopell, Valerie Landsburg, Len Lesser, Rue McClanahan, Sammy Shore and Bryna Weiss; And featuring works of writers such as: Sholom Aleichem, Carole Braverman, Allan Byrns, Marvin Chernoff, Ron Friedman, Ernest Joselovitz, Peter Mark Richman, James Sherman, Howard Teichman, and Skip Usen. After successful co-productions of “The Chosen” by Chaim Potok and “Rocket to the Moon” by Clifford Odets, in 2005 we began full seasons of award-winning productions, which have continued to the present day. See our Past Productions page for more information.

West Coast Jewish Theatre

All plays are presented at the Pico Playhouse.

10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

GROUP SALES & SEASON SUBSCRIBER LINE:
323-821-2449

RESERVATION LINE:
323-821-2449

West Coast Jewish Theatre
P.O. Box 7097
Beverly Hills, CA 90212