Screen to Stage Series
February 20, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Cultural Arts and JRT team up to present a special film series. View the film version of the plays being produced this season by the JRT. Popcorn and refreshments included
Monday, November 14 | 7:00 pm- 9:30 pm
Screening of “The Chosen”
(On stage at the JRT Oct 27-Nov 20)
The Chosen traces a friendship between two Jewish boys growing up in Brooklyn at the end of World War II. Reuven Malter, the narrator and one of the novel’s two protagonists, is a traditional Orthodox Jew. He is the son of David Malter, a dedicated scholar and humanitarian.
Monday, February 20 | 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Screening of “Tuesdays with Morrie”
(On stage at the JRT Feb 2 – Feb 26)
Based on the 2006 best-selling memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.
Monday, March 6 | 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Screening of “Lenny”
(On stage at the JRT March 11– March 12)
Lenny is a 1974 American biographical drama film about the comedian Lenny Bruce, starring Dustin Hoffman and directed by Bob Fosse. The film jumps between various sections of Bruce’s life, including scenes of when he was in his prime and the burned-out, strung-out performer who, in the twilight of his life, used his nightclub act to pour out his personal frustrations. We watch as up-and-coming Bruce courts his “Shiksa goddess,” a stripper named Honey. With family responsibilities, Lenny is encouraged to do a “safe” act, but he cannot do it. Constantly in trouble for flouting obscenity laws, Lenny develops a near-messianic complex which fuels both his comedy genius and his talent for self-destruction. Worn out by a lifetime of tilting at establishment windmills, Lenny Bruce dies of a morphine overdose in 1966.
Monday, May 15 | 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Screening of “Barefoot in the Park”
(On stage at the JRT April 27 – May 21)
In Barefoot in the Park, newlyweds Corie, a free spirit, and Paul Bratter, an uptight lawyer, share a sixth-floor apartment in Greenwich Village. Soon after their marriage, Corie tries to find a companion for mother, Ethel, who is now alone, and sets her up with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco. During a dinner with Ethel and Velasco, everything that can go wrong does, inappropriate behavior ensues, and the young couple considers divorce. This classic comedy became Neil Simon’s longest running show and has delighted audiences for decades.