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CenterStage has made it our mission to bring you the hottest new plays from the world's most talented young and established writers. Recent seasons have witnessed the early development of plays like Handle with Care, Imaging Madoff and My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding before they went on to success Off-Broadway and in regional theaters. Premiere productions of Oy Vey, It's the Calamari Sisters and The Hit Factory (1 and 2) were record-breaking hits and wildly well received by audiences and critics alike.
Our 2016-17 season opener, Church & State by Jason Odell Williams (Handle with Care) was developed in conjunction with CenterStage and is already slated for regional productions and a possible NYC run!
In addition, the opening of the new Lipson Donor Lounge and a renovated lobby and concession area will continue to enhance your theatre-going experience. Your word of mouth is helping us make CenterStage a desitnaton theatre for all.
40th Anniversary Season
Church & State
October 22-November 6, 2016
A World Premiere Comedy/Drama by Jason Odell Williams
On the eve of his re-election campaign, a Republican U.S. Senator from North Carolina makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that calls into question his belief in God. As his devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try to contain the damage, this look at the way religion, guns and social media influence our political system is both brutally honest and shockingly funny. Will the fall-out destroy his career or change the world? Emmy-nominated Jason Odell Williams (Handle with Care), developed Church & State in conjunction with JCC CenterStage and the National New Plays Network for this Rochester World Premiere. Directed by Ralph Meranto.
Brad Zimmerman in
My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy
December 1-11, 2016
"Delicious! Distinctly original...Powerfully poignant...Great Comedy"---The New York Times
"I've had three great opening acts in my lifetime: Billy Crystal, Garry Shandling and Brad Zimmerman" ---Joan Rivers.
After playing to packed houses in NYC for 2 years, Comedian/Actor Brad Zimmerman’s hysterical and inspiring story about the sweet rewards that come from never giving up on your dreams comes to CenterStage. Brad spent 29 years “temporarily” waiting tables in New York, while chasing a career in acting and comedy. His perseverance eventually paid off and he went on to become an opening act for George Carlin, Brad Garrett, Dennis Miller, and Joan Rivers. Zimmerman’s self-deprecating humor and wicked charm, as he talks about his pursuit, his relationship with his family, a misbegotten love life and some persnickety diners, combine for 90 minutes of pure laughter.
The Hit Makers
February 4-19, 2017
Conceived and created by Ralph Meranto, Musical Arrangements by Casey Filiaci
Featuring music from Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Carly Simon, The Mamas and the Papas, Crosby-Stills-Nash and Young, Arlo Guthrie, Lou Reed, Janis Ian, Jefferson Airplane and more, the music of the 1960’s counter-culture movement comes to life in this all-new musical tribute from the creators of The Hit Factory. Directed by Ralph Meranto.
by Annie Baker
March 4-19, 2017
Winner! 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! 2013 OBIE Award, Playwriting
Winner! 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
Three underpaid employees of a run-down movie theater tear tickets, clean up popcorn and attend to one of the few remaining 35 millimeter film projectors in usage. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles and become more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on the screen. With keen insight and a finely tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending plea for authenticity in a fast-changing world. A must-see for movie lovers. Directed by David Runzo.
Titanic, The Musical
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston, Story and Book by Peter Stone
May 6-21, 2017
Winner! 5 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score
From the emboldened owner and builder who believed their ship was “unsinkable” to the emigrants in steerage searching for a better life in America, both the epic and everyday stories of the passengers on the legendary RMS Titanic are played out in this gorgeous and beloved musical. Directed by Ralph Meranto.
A New Tradition
Coney Island Christmas
by Donald Margulies
December 15-18, 2016
Last season's hit returns. Coney Island Christmas weaves together nostalgia, music and hilariously exuberant holiday pageants in a show for all ages and all faiths. Based on "The Loudest Voice" by Grace Paley, a young Jewish girl in 1930s Brooklyn is cast to play the role of Jesus in her school Christmas play as her immigrant parents reconcile their own traditions with their new role as Americans. Directed by Jeff Siuda.
Time Passages with Gathering Time
September 8, 2016
JCC CenterStage and Golden Link are thrilled to welcome folk-rock harmony trio Gathering Time for an evening of beautiful music. Rock into Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) with musical reflections on the progression of time including “Time Passages” (Al Stewart), “Circle Game” (Joni Mitchell), “In My Life” (The Beatles), “Circle” (Harry Chapin) and some Gathering Time originals.
Kasha Davis and Aggy Dune are
The Big Wigs
December 29 and 31 (New Years Eve)
Back by popular demand, ring in the new year with Mrs. Kasha Davis of RuPaul Drag Race Season 7 and Aggy Dune. This all-new show features dead on impersonations of Barbra, Liza, Judy, Tina, Cher, Celine and more.
Marc Cataldi, Jason Mincer, Matt Wegman and Ashley Jake Wegman are
December 31, 2016 and January 1, 2017
These four were so popular in The Hit Factory 2, that we gave them their own show! With tight four-part harmonies and delightful staging, "The Boys" bring to life a range of tunes from Frankie Valli to Lady Gaga.
The Great DuBois'
June 3-4, 2017
Michael DuBois' Solo Circus and The Amazing Viktoria Grimmy amazed JCC audiences with magic, juggling and circus/sideshow stunts. Their new show The Great DuBois features new tricks and routines wrapped up in a cozy blanket of comedy. DuBois got his start performing as a JCC camper before appearances on Jay Leno and David Letterman catapulted him to international recognition. Grimmy is a fifth-generation circus performer and aerialist who created and performed circus acts for the Tony™ Award Winning Broadway production of Pippin and has performed with the Big Apple and Ringling Brothers Circuses.
Interpreted Performance Dates to come soon.
Post Show Chats with the cast follow the first and second Sunday matinee performances.
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