The J Performing Arts Series, open to all members of the metro community, includes public performances of professional music, dance and theatre productions, play readings, Broadway cabaret events, and children’s theatre productions.
The Performing Arts Series presents cultural programming designed to engage people of all generations, and to provide texture and insight into the rich cultural history and contemporary trends of the Jewish people. The Series strives to make the J a destination for both J members and the general public to celebrate and appreciate Judaism’s culture, people, spirituality, wisdom, humor and creativity.
The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and the J Cultural Arts collaborate to create a new Chamber Music Series featuring renowned artists in an intimate concert setting. Check this page for updates on performances from the series.
Friday, February 15, 1pm
Friday Morning Music Club originated in Washington, D.C. in the mid-1880s as an informal club for the study of music. Today they are the Washington area's premier producer of free classical music, and not just on Friday mornings.
FMMC musicians will return to the J to present an exciting blend of old and new musical masterpieces with a Jewish connection. The program includes George Gershwin's wonderful Cuban Overture, works by Felix Mendelssohn, and a lovely newly-commissioned piece for flute and piano by Jewish American composer, Andrea Clearfield.
Sunday, February 17
2pm: High School Student 10-minute plays
7pm: Short Plays/Cuttings by college students
The J is proud to host playwrights from local high schools and universities getting a stage for their voices to be heard in front of our audience, presented by professional DC artists. Hub Theatre’s staff works with students and teachers to develop short plays from the ground up, culminating in rehearsals with DC-area directors and actors and a final staged reading in front of an invited audience. The Hub invites you to hear fresh new perspectives from the next generation of writers.
Reserve at www.thehubtheatre.org (The J is not taking reservations for this event.)
If You Could See Me: Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Sanity
with Erin Mahone
Thursday, February 21, 7pm
Life is hard but it can be made a little easier with laughter, love, and support. In this one-woman show, Mahone shares humorous and heartbreaking stories and beloved songs highlighting her experiences growing up in a family where mental illness was the norm but love and humor prevailed. Her grandfather lived with schizophrenia and as a young person, was not allowed to talk about the things that were happening to him for fear that he would be institutionalized. Today, more than 70 years later, Mahone wants to be his voice – and empower others to raise their voices without shame. Book signing of If You Could See Me: Life, Motherhood, and the Pursuit of Sanity after the performance.
Ticket: $10 / $8 member
Ticket with book: $22 / $20 member
Get your tickets here: https://erinmahone.bpt.me
Sunday, April 14, 2pm
The Jewish Plays Project scours all corners of the English-speaking world for the most compelling, daring scripts that embrace the intersection of Jewish identity and the 21st Century. At this event, the audience will see professionally read excerpts of three of JPP’s amazing plays and vote in real time for the best.
Sunday, May 19, 5pm
Elan is a father…four times a year. Part stand-up comedy, part autobiography, part physical theatre, The Unaccompanied Minor turns an empty stage into a busy airport terminal, a trashy talk show, a third-grade science fair, and a south Florida gang war — revealing Elan’s humiliation, fear, triumph, and greatest joy. This humorous and heartbreaking act was a “top pick” during the Washington Fringe Festival by The Washington Post’s Roger Caitlin. Zafir has appeared on stage at Folger Theatre, Arena Stage, Ford’s Theatre, Mosaic Theatre, and on screen for The Making of the Mob, House of Cards, and King of Crimes. The show will be followed by a Q&A.
Tickets: $18/ $14 members
Get your tickets here: https://theunaccompaniedminor.bpt.me
Unless otherwise noted, all performances take place at the JCCNV. Check back periodically for updates and additional information on all events. All programs and dates are subject to change.
Underwriting and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Michelle Pearlstein.
For questions, and to buy tickets:
Box Office: 703.537.3000
Please note: seating for most events is assigned by the J based on the date of purchase. Audience members are assigned a group number - group one enters first, group two enters second, etc.