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L.A.’s Jewish Theater sets ’05 sked

Season kicks off July 8 with Graf's 'Lessons'

In the first full season in its 13-year history, West Coast Jewish Theater of Los Angeles will present three world premieres, according to artistic director Herb Isaacs.

Presented in collaboration with the Group at Strasberg, the season kicks off July 8 with Wendy Graf’s “Lessons,” directed by Adam Davidson. The world-preem play is about a man in his 60s who finally decides to have a bar mitzvah and the woman he hires to tutor him, a former rabbi who has lost her faith. It will be presented at the Lee Strasberg Creative Center’s Marilyn Monroe Theater in Hollywood.

It’s followed by musical “American Klezmer,” a romantic musical comedy that follows two sisters and a small band of musicians as they come to America from Russia in 1910. Book is by Joanne Koch and Sarah Blacher Cohen; music is by Ilya Levinson; and lyrics are by Owen Kalt. Isaacs directs the fall production, which will feature an onstage klezmer ensemble.

Scheduled for winter, the final play of the 2005 season is “Sophie,” a two-character exploration of the life of Sophie Tucker written by Valerie Boyle, Bruce Kalish and Rocky Kalish; latter directs. Boyle, who performs a cabaret show about the entertainer, will star.

West Coast Jewish Theater, founded in 1993, is devoted to producing theatrical works that portray Jewish history, philosophy and culture, particularly those by new and contemporary playwrights whose plays deal with Jewish themes.

For further information, call (323) 860-6620 or visit www.westcoastjewishtheatre.org.

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