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J*Fest aims to bring the community together around issues of Jewish identity, history, and culture, fostering thought, discussion, and understanding.

festival schedule

aquatic information Sun, Jun 8, 5 pm
Aquatic Information
Written and performed by Wendy Luck

Created as part of Luck’s doctoral work and utilizing contemporary multimedia performance practices, Aquatic Information presents the story of her grandmother's escape from Bolshevik Russia. Ms. Luck, a flautist, singer, actress, and comedienne, also employs audio recordings of her grandfather, a cantor, and video projections. She plays multiple roles and employs her myriad musical talents to create a performance ritual like none other.

Second Sun Tue, Jun 10, 6 pm
The Second Sun
Written by James Patrick Nelson
Produced by Zachary Perez

Can you be another person’s fate? When Max and Joy meet unexpectedly one stormy night, a shocking revelation binds them together forever, as they teach each other how to hope in the face of unimaginable obstacles. Loosely based on a true story, The Second Sun is an uncommon love story of endurance and survival.

Gefilte_Fish Wed, Jun 11, 8 pm
The Gefilte Fish Chronicles
Written by Iris Burnett and Matty Selman
Produced by Iris Burnett

Gefilte Fish Chronicles the Musical is a celebration of the power of family. Irresistible and compelling, heart-warming and touching, inspirational and hilarious, it was inspired by the award-winning documentary of the same name shown nationwide on over 70 PBS stations. Recounting the colorful story of the Dubroff family, we see the importance of passing on memories, music and stories from one generation to the next, ensuring that their beloved departed will remain alive in the hearts and minds of all generations that follow. Gefilte Fish Chronicles the Musical answers the question: What happened to Tevye and so many other Jews when they left Russia and emigrated to the United States?

Individual Tickets: $15/$20
Festival Pass for all 8 shows: $100

to purchase tickets.
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