Stars of David
by Austin Jewish Repertory Theatre
Jan. 22 - Feb. 08, 2015
Journalist Abby Pogrebin interviewed a range of Jewish celebrities and success stories for her Studds-Turkel-style book Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk about Being Jewish (New York: Random House, 2005). From the sixty-two interviews in the book writer Harnick arranged a succession of 16 monologues and punctuated them with music and lyrics by 23 artists.
The result is a rapidly moving series of scenes and songs for each of which a cast member is introduced with the name of an interviewee and uses those documented words to paint sharp pictures of memories, experiences and concerns of contemporary American Jews. Four cast members cover the sixteen personalities, almost all of whose names are instantly recognizable, principally from the world of entertainment.
979 Springdale Rd
Austin, TX, 78702
Four performances at the Ground Floor Theatre for the FronteraFest Long Fringe, January 22 - Feb. 1; additional performances at the Dell Jewish Community Center. Tickets via www.shalomaustin.org.