THE MAN FROM EARTH: J-Town Playhouse’s next production delves into the realm of science fiction with a performance of Jerome Bixby’s “The Man From Earth.” Rafi Poch, the director, says he first saw the film version of the play over a year ago. “When I found out it was also a play script, I knew immediately that I wanted to produce/direct it because of its irregularity,” Poch told Haaretz. The story involves a history professor who reveals to his friends that he is immortal and his skeptical colleagues who are unable to disprove his claim. Bixby was a writer of the original “Star Trek” and “Twilight Zone” series. The play’s assistant director is Sara Fax. Sasha Shap serves as acting coach. Performances will run June 12 through June 20 at the AACI’s Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center in Jerusalem. For more info, call ‏(02‏) 566-1181.

RETURN ON INVESTMENT: Some 150 young, innovative Jewish entrepreneurs from 30 countries will gather in Jerusalem on Sunday at the ROI Summit, organized by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Philanthropic Network’s ROI Community. Speakers will include Nancy Lublin, CEO of Do Something and founder of Dress for Success, which provides interview clothes and career development training for disadvantaged women; MK Ruth Calderon ‏(Yesh Atid‏), a trailblazer in the field of secular study of Jewish texts in Israel; and Shai Reshef, an Israeli businessman and educational entrepreneur. Reshef is founder and president of University of the People, a not-for-profit, tuition-free, online academic institution dedicated to the democratization of higher education. The summit will also feature James Andrews, founder of the Social People digital marketing firm, and Jessica Kirkwood, who recently headed the social and digital media effort for the Grammy Awards. “Each of these speakers brings a fresh and unique perspective to innova
tion and entrepreneurship, and we hope they will inspire the creative energy within the participants,” said Justin Korda, executive director of ROI Community.

PASSING THE PEN: Bar-Ilan University held its first Andrea Moriah Memorial Poetry Prize award ceremony on Sunday, encouraging student poets in her name. The winner was Marva Zohar, a first-year poetry student in Bar-Ilan’s Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing and a native Israeli who writes in English as well as Hebrew, according to program director Marcela Sulak. Zohar’s poems are “deeply intelligent, they’re powerful, they’re insightful and they are concerned with overcoming trauma,” Sulak told Haaretz yesterday. Moriah − born Andrea Sandler in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1951 − moved to Jerusalem in 1976 but only began seriously pursuing poetry after being diagnosed with leukemia in 2007. She managed to complete her coursework in the Shaindy Rudoff creative writing program and became a well-recognized figure in English poetry circles in Israel. Linda Zisquit provided opening remarks, while Wendy Sandler and Michal Moriah paid tribute before the prize winner was announced. Beatbox sensation Yuri Lane
performed Andrea’s coalminer ballad.

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