A recent decision to cancel a production of Julia Pascal’s play “Crossing Jerusalem” at the Michael-Ann Russell JCC in Miami has drawn protest from the National Coalition Against Censorship.
Ari Roth, the previous artistic director of Theater J, was fired last year in a controversy that pitted politics against professionalism. Now, Washington, D.C.’s most-acclaimed Jewish theater company has announced Roth’s replacement — Adam Immerwahr.
Ari Roth tried to stimulate public conversation at Theater J. His bosses thought he went too far. In its day, the Jewish Conciliation Board might have helped them work it out.
Theater J bosses have struck back at fired artistic director Ari Roth, insisting he was dismissed for ‘unprofessionalism’ — not pro-Israel politcal pressure.
Theater J has come under attack by some of the biggest names in the business for the abrupt departure of its director. Was Ari Roth axed for ‘blatantly political reasons’?
Sixty-one artistic directors of U.S. theater companies denounced the DC Jewish Community Center’s firing of Ari Roth, the artistic director of its Theater J who staged numerous works critical of Israel.
Ari Roth knew he wouldn’t stay as director of Washington’s acclaimed Theater J after a series of disputes, many over Israel. But he was still shocked at how suddenly the ax fell.
Ari Roth, the longtime director at Theater J, is leaving the theater after a period of tension over plays dealing with Israel’s history.
Playwright Ari Roth stumbles sometimes when discussing the characters in “Andy and the Shadows,” his family drama that opens this week at Washington, D.C.’s Theater J. In fact, when Roth discusses Nate, the patriarch in the work, he slips, saying, “my father.” It’s undestandable, for Roth, long-time artistic director of Washington D.C. JCC-based theater, has fused elements of his own family history with fantasy, fact and fiction, in crafting his most personal work to date.
Elizabeth Rich as Rosalind Franklin in ‘Photograph 51.’ Photo by Stan Barouh.