Becoming Golda

A Jewish country needs a Jewish mother. And during her five years as prime minister of the state of Israel, Golda Meir was not only a tough politician who faced torturous decisions during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, but she was also a Jewish mother who publically grieved for every boy lost in battle. Golda… Read More

Yellow and universal

In 21st-century America, every Jew is a Jew by choice, accepting or rejecting the mantels of denomination and affiliation, religious observance and even cultural and filial identification. That issue of self-identification becomes a powerful subtext in Chinese-American playwright David Henry Hwang’s semi-autobiographical play Yellow Face, making its fortuitous debut at the Washington DC Jewish Community… Read More

“4000 Miles” an intense emotional journey

by Lisa Traiger Arts Correspondent More than a dozen years ago, when playwright Amy Herzog graduated from college, she took a cross-country bike trip, from New Haven to San Francisco. Then she moved to New York, where she lived with her aging grandmother. These experiences form the bones for “4000 Miles,” an intimate work of… Read More

‘Race’ and veracity at DCJCC

by Lisa Traiger Arts Correspondent There are no shades of gray in David Mamet’s provocative legal drama Race, which deals with guilt and innocence, truth and fabrication, in black and white. For Mamet, race is everything in a case concerning a wealthy white man accused of rape by a black hotel housekeeper. That Mamet’s 2009… Read More