Berkshire Theatre Group Presents “What The Jews Believe”

Pittsfield, MABerkshire Theatre Group, in association with The American National Theatre, present a new production of What The Jews Believe written and directed by Mark Harelik (Author: The Immigrant, Hank Williams: Lost Highway; Actor, Broadway: The Normal Heart, The Light in the Piazza, Mrs. Warren’s Profession; Film: Trumbo, 42, Jurassic Park III; TV: Preacher, Getting On, The Big Bang Theory) at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA (6 East Street). Performances begin September 26 and run through October 20, with performances Thursday through Sunday, including Wednesday performances on October 2 and October 16.

This production features Obie Award-winner for The Christians, Emily Donahoe (Broadway: 33 Variations; Off Broadway: The ChristiansThe Attic, Great Expectations) as Rachel; Benim Foster (Broadway: Disgraced, Barefoot in the Park; Off Broadway: If I Forget, The Way We Get By, Forever Dusty) as Dave; Cynthia Mace (Off Broadway: Skintight, The Mountains Look Different, The Suitcase Under The Bed; Regional: World Premiere of Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches and Part Two: Perestroika) as Sarah; Logan Weibrecht (BTG: Shrek, Tarzan, The Lion King) as Nathan; and Robert Zukerman (Off Broadway: The Puppetmaster of LodzArms and the Man, Titus Andronicus, The Second Shepherd’s Play) as Rabbi Bindler.

Playwright and Director, Mark Harelik says, “A feature of man’s deepest nature and most primal instinct is the urge to ask “Why?” We ask “Why?” of each other. We ask “Why?” of the natural world. We ask “Why?” of our 8th grade algebra teacher. We ask “Why?” of our divorcing parents. We ask “Why?” of the oceans, the atmosphere, the planets, the cosmos. We ask “Why?” of our government. And at some point, we all ask “Why?” of God. Not only of God, but even about God.”

Mark Harelik wrote a play titled The Legacy in 1997, as a follow up to his successful play, The Immigrant. Most recently, he has made revisions and renamed The Legacy to What The Jews Believe. Of the upcoming BTG production at the Unicorn Theatre Mark Harelik says “It’s a new production/revival, and it couldn’t be in a better space.”

Dave and his family still live in the old home built by his father in rural Central Texas, and they are still the only Jewish family in town. His son Nathan feels isolated attempting to understand the family’s beliefs, while his wife Rachel faces an even greater crisis of faith. Meanwhile, Dave struggles to maintain a sense of normalcy for his searching family. What the Jews Believe is a poignant story about the loss of faith and the journey to find it.

This production is sponsored by David and Susie Auerbach, Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Shubert Foundation.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield; at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage Ticket Office at 83 East Main Street, Stockbridge; by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at Ticket Offices are open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain. All plays, schedules, casting and prices are subject to change.

What The Jews Believe

by Mark Harelik

directed by Mark Harelik

In association with The American National Theatre

with Emily Donahoe, Benim Foster, Cynthia Mace, Logan Weibrecht and Robert Zukerman

at The Unicorn Theatre

The Larry Vaber Stage

BTG’s Stockbridge Campus, 6 East Street

Previews: Thursday, September 26 at 7pm and Friday, September 27 at 7pm

Opening/Press Night: Saturday, September 28 at 7pm

Closing: Sunday, October 20 at 2pm

Tickets: Preview: $45

Tickets: $52

Sponsored by: David and Susie Auerbach, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Shubert Foundation


Mark Harelik (Playwright, Director) Author: The Immigrant, Hank Williams–Lost HighwayWhat the Jews Believe. Actor: Broadway: The Normal Heart, The Light in the Piazza, Mrs. Warren’s Profession; Off Broadway: Old Money, The House in Town, The Beard of Avon. Film: Battle of the Sexes, Trumbo, 42, For Your Consideration, Election, The Job, Meeting Spencer, Timer, Eulogy, Watching the Detectives, Jurassic Park III, Barbarians at the Gate. Television: Preacher, Castle Rock, Imposters, Getting On, The Leftovers, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Preacher, Breaking Bad, Lie to Me, Monk, The Big Bang Theory, Pushing Daisies, Grey’s Anatomy, ER, Sleeper Cell, Prison Break, Heroes, Medium, Las Vegas, Desperate Housewives, Will and Grace, Seinfeld, Star Trek Voyager.

Emily Donahoe (Rachel) Broadway: 33 Variations. Off Broadway: The Christians(Playwrights Horizons; Obie Award, Performance); Queens Boulevard (the Musical) (Signature Theatre); The Attic (Play Company); Great Expectations (Theatreworks); Deathbed, Apparition (Apparition Productions); The Hasty Heart (Keen Company). Regional: Mary Jane (Yale Rep; Connecticut Critics Award Nomination); The Christians(Taper & Humana Festival/ATL); Maple and Vine (ACT); In the Wake (CTG/Berkeley Rep); Other Desert Cities, Shakespeare in Hollywood (both Arena Stage; Helen Hayes Award, “Best Supporting Actress”); Wintertime (La Jolla Playhouse); Honour, The Glass Menagerie (both Berkeley Repertory Theatre); Philadelphia, Here I Come!(Williamstown Theater Festival). Film/TV: Handsome Harry, Zelimo, Weeki Wachi Girls, How Do You Type A Broken Heart, Atlantic City Story, FBI, Bull, High Maintenance, Law & Order: SVU, Homeland, As the World Turns. MFA: University of California, San Diego, AB: Vassar College

Benim Foster (Dave) Broadway: Disgraced, Barefoot in the Park. National Tour: Twelve Angry Men. Off Broadway: If I Forget, The Way We Get By, Forever DustyBecky Shaw, Last Train to Nibroc, NYSF’s Henry V. Chicago: Disgraced (ATC, Pulitzer Prize Winner). Regional favorites include: At The Old Place (La Jolla Playhouse), Talley’s Folly (IRNE Best Actor Nomination), Disgraced (Huntington/Long Wharf, Connecticut Critics Circle Best Actor Nomination), Duplex (Best Actor, MITF), Merchant of Venice (Shylock). Film: Golden Boy (also Producer), Stags (Best Actor nom., Visionfest Film Festival), Flying Scissors, Noah Wise, That Thing With The Cat, Analyze This, Broadway Damage, The Undeserved, Imperfection, The Best Day Ever. TV: The Blacklist, The Deuce, New Amsterdam, FBI: Most Wanted, Fringe, Ugly Betty, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU. Graduate of UNCSA, William Esper Studio. Benim lives in NYC with his wife, Rachel Bay Jones, and their two girls.

Cynthia Mace (Sarah) is an award-winning actress who was recently seen Off Broadway in Roundabout Theatre Company’s Production of Skintight with Idina Menzel. Other New York theatre credits include: The Mint Theatre’s production of the Irish short plays The Suitcase Under The Bed, and Nightingale (Manhattan Theatre Club) as stand-by for Lynn Redgrave. She was awarded the 2005 Back Stage Garland Circle Award for Lead Performance for The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre, and in 1992 was awarded with her fellow cast the Drama Logue Award for Ensemble Performance for Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approachesand Part Two: Perestroika at the Mark Taper Forum, where she originated the role of Harper. Her other regional theatre credits include: Sideways directed by Des McAnuff (La Jolla Playhouse), Romeo & Juliet (Yale Rep), The Autumn Garden (Williamstown Theatre Festival). She starred opposite Lynn Redgrave in The Mandrake Root (San Jose Rep) and The Importance of Being Earnest (Papermill Playhouse). Her recent television guest credits include: Seasons 1 & 2 of Netflix’s The OA, Mindhunter, The Blacklist, Kevin Can Wait, Younger, Blue Bloods, and the movie of the week Ice Bound,opposite Susan Sarandon. Her numerous film credits include: Liberté: A Call to Spy, HBO’s Weapons of Mass DistractionBlast from the PastBogus and Fearless with Jeff Bridges. Cynthia is a graduate of The Colorado College, BA cum laude and Circle in the Square Theatre School.

Logan Weibrecht (Nathan) is thrilled to be back at BTG, working on his first show with equity actors. He is currently a Junior at Lenox Memorial High School. Some of his favorite roles have been Dentist (Little Shop of Horrors), Scar (The Lion King), Young Tarzan (Tarzan), Demetrius (Midsummer Night’s Dream) Gaston (Beauty and the Beast) and Banquo (Macbeth). Logan would like to pursue musical theater and acting for his post secondary education.

Robert Zukerman (Rabbi Bindler) is pleased to make his BTG debut. Regional work includes: Arena Stage (DC), Florida Studio Theatre, Triad Stage (NC), Gretna Theatre (PA), Firehouse Theatre (VA), Franklin Stage (NY), Penguin Rep (NY), Hubbard Hall (NY), the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and 12 productions at Barrington Stage Company. His two dozen plays Off Broadway include work at: The Atlantic, CSC, TFANA, the Pearl, etc. Narration: Talking Books (Library of Congress). Tour: USAF bases in Greenland for the USO. Featured performer: National Dance Institute, New England Flower Show and PS21 (Chatham, NY). San Diego Critics Circle Award for playing Finkelbaum in The Puppetmaster of Lodz. Former Theatre Program Director at the NY State Council on the Arts.

About Berkshire Theatre Group

The Colonial Theatre, founded in 1903, and Berkshire Theatre Festival, founded in 1928, are two of the oldest cultural organizations in the Berkshires. In 2010, under the leadership of Artistic Director and CEO Kate Maguire, the two organizations merged to form Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG). Berkshire Theatre Group’s mission is to support wide ranging artistic exploration and acclaimed performances in theatre, dance, music and entertainment. Every year, BTG produces and presents performances to over 68,000 attendees and, through our Educational Program, serves over 13,000 Berkshire County schoolchildren annually. BTG’s celebrated stages reflect the history of the American theatre; they represent a priceless cultural resource for the community.

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