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JArts TheaterWorks: God’s Honest Truth

Actor and scholar Annette Miller

JArts Ideas Series

Roberta and Larry have just purchased a miraculous Holocaust Torah for their synagogue. So why does the shul in the next town have one, too?

This is the premise of God’s Honest Truth, a new play by Renee Calarco, winner of the 2014 Jewish Plays Project. This first reading in the new JArts TheaterWorks series will be directed by DeDe Jacobs-Komisar and feature Boston theater treasure Annette Miller, the original star of Golda’s Balcony. Join us for a reading, followed by conversation.

Reading cast:

Annette Miller

Jason Slavick

Barbara Wallace Grossman

Arthur Waldstein

Jesse Garlick


“I love that Renee’s play is based on this crazy true story, and then gets to really question the stories we tell ourselves. Her ideas are totally contemporary, but connect to deep roots.””

— Jewish Plays Project Artistic Director David Winitsky


About the playwright:

Renee Calarco  is a writer, teacher and performer based in Washington, DC. Her plays include The Religion Thing (2013 nominee for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play), Short Order Stories (2007 recipient of the Charles MacArthur Award), The Mating of Angela Weiss, Bleed, and others. Her plays have been produced, developed, and commissioned by Theater J, Charter Theater, Geva Theatre, Project Y, Adventure Theatre, Doorway Arts Ensemble, and the Source Theatre Festival. Renee teaches both playwriting and comedy improv at The Theatre Lab, and playwriting at George Washington University.

Delve into questions of Jewish life and identity through this new play reading series, all read and directed by theater professionals. Each reading will be followed by a conversation that helps unpack the work and the Jewish story behind it. The final two events of this series will be directed by Barbara Wallace Grossman and Becky Price (information coming soon — please email us if you have questions).

Event information

June 5th
7:30 pm


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