Friday, May 22, 2009

The New Jewish Theatre: Keepin' It Cultural

I just picked up a copy of the new Alive magazine, which has a 'hot list' of top spots in St. Louis, and while the Gramophone made the list as the best place to catch live music, The New Jewish Theatre was nowhere to be found.

It's a common problem, says NJT Artistic Director Kathleen Sitzer, who has been with the Theatre since its creation 12 years ago.

"We've consistently been nominated for and won awards for our shows," she says, "and yet, there are a lot of people who have never even heard about us."

Not to toot our own horn, but didn't we do a story about "Sabina" at the NJT?

But, despite the fact that 2/3 of any given show's seats will be taken by season ticket holders, the New Jewish Theatre is reaching out in some interesting directions.

Take their upcoming show, "The Last 5 Years", for example. "It has developed an almost cult-like following in New York recently," Sitzer explained, "and rock driven score which we think will be quite appealing."

They are also getting a new Theatre, which will be state of the art, and provide a cozy setting for 150 people.

We'll be checking out "The Last 5 Years", if you are interested, or want to find out more about the New Jewish Theatre, visit them here

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