Rank and File: J-Town Playhouse Stages the Hit Musical 'Assassins' in Jerusalem

A community-building movement celebrates an evening of artistic influence across disciplines ■ Jerusalem Folk Music Evening features a variety of musical acts and a special guest

Howard Metz in J-Town Playhouse’s “Assassins.”
Ita Arbit

KILLER SOUNDS: When director Layla Schwartz got her opportunity to choose a show for J-Town Playhouse, the zeitgeist pushed her toward “Assassins,” the Stephen Sondheim/John Weidman production about “how a country built on dreams can lead to chaos and despair,” she explains. “Now is the perfect time – not because of Trump the person, but because the dialogue and the reasons many of his supporters have given for supporting him,” says Schwartz, who hails from the suburbs of Chicago. “They feel disenfranchised. They were promised an American dream that was subsequently denied.” The show stars Yisrael Levitt, Ezra Hermann, C.B. Davies, Evan Kent, Asher Halperin, Howard Metz, Rachel Raanan, Miriam Metzinger, Jason Feigen, Alina Halpert, Hannah Ripps and Dovid Singer. Performances run from next Thursday through February 24, with two matinee performances. For tickets, call the AACI at 02-566-1181.

TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE: Jerusalism, a community-building movement based on a shared love for literature, will present an evening celebrating artistic influence across disciplines in Jerusalem next Thursday. Elazar Larry Freifeld and Lois Michal Unger, who immigrated to Israel together from New York in 1982, will read from their volume “Back to Back: Two Poets under One Roof” on the closing night of “Duo,” an exhibition hosted by Studio of Her Own. “The whole part of the show is about duos,” Unger tells Haaretz. “We’ll be reciting duets, like birds of paradise,” adds Freifeld. “Duo” features the work of a years-long artistic friendship between Batnadiv Weinberg, a native of Stanford, California, and Michal Lederer Sheizaf. Pesach Slabosky curated the exhibition. Jerusalism was founded by Lonnie Monka, who grew up in New Jersey. Monka says Jerusalism connects “authors and people who like reading in any way we can,” calling it a “passion project.” For more info, email lonnie@jerusalism.com.

DIFFERENT FOLK: Fans of folk music who can’t wait for the next Jacob’s Ladder festival should seek out the Jerusalem Folk Music Evening in the Kopp Hall next Tuesday. The evening will feature the Dead Sea Sisters, a collaboration of multi-instrumentalists Meitar Forkosh, Andrea Asprelli and Hilary Hawke; Mika Sade, a singer-songwriter from Tel Aviv who turned to English for her third studio album, “Birds and Guitars”; and the Unstrung Heroes, an ensemble comprising Ora Paltiel, Toronto-native Mark Gittleson, Barry Knyshkowy, special guest percussionist Abe Doron and (usually) Jonesi Clarfield, who will present a set of “lovish songs” from North America and Britain in honor of Valentine’s Day. Larry Brandt will emcee, while Philippa Bacal will host. For more info, call Philippa on 054-752-1239.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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