Rehearsals Begin For Hester Street

Last week, we began rehearsals for our much-anticipated world premiere, Hester Street, the adaptation of the beloved 1975 film Hester Street by Joan Micklin Silver.

The company and friends of Theater J gathered to hear a first read-through from an outstanding cast. There were the small gasps, moments of laughter, and of course brief pauses to wipe a tear.

The award-winning Broadway director Oliver Butler directs this timeless story, produced in association with Michael Rabinowitz and Ira Deutchman.

Enjoy these images from our first day of rehearsal – and don’t forget to book your tickets for an unforgettable evening. Let Hester Street shine new light on a deeply familiar human experience.

Hester Street First Rehearsal

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Hester Street
March 27 – April 21

Faced with the disintegration of her marriage in a world she can barely comprehend, Gitl must find her voice, protect her son, and redefine her identity. A deeply moving new stage adaptation Hester Street is an unforgettable show, awash in the humor, heartbreak and hope essential to the Jewish immigrant experience.


Exciting News about “Hester Street”

After many years of development, a pandemic delay and a lot of sweat, I’m pleased that the theatrical production of “Hester Street,” based on the film by Joan Micklin Silver, is finally happening. Joan worked closely with us on the adaptation when we first got started and my only regret is that she didn’t live to see the result. I’m confident that she would have been very pleased.

The first out-of-town production will be in Washington DC with an official opening date of April 1. You can read the details in the press release below, which went out earlier today. Tickets are already on sale at THIS LINK

If you would like to get involved, you can make a fully tax-deductible contribution here… Donate to Theater J Hester Street.

If you would rather invest in the commercial production of the show, just contact me directly.

Here is the complete press release:

For Immediate Release 10/23/23


Sharyn Rothstein’s new play-with-music will have its world premiere in the Spring of 2024

A new adaptation for the stage of Joan Micklin Silver’s 1976 critically acclaimed film, HESTER STREET will have its world premiere on April 1, 2024, at Theater J in Washington DC, it was announced today by Producers Michael Rabinowitz and Ira Deutchman. The play-with-music adaptation was written by Sharyn Rothstein and will be directed by Oliver Butler. The new original music was written by Joel Waggoner. Continue reading “Exciting News about “Hester Street””