"Excellent writing, a strong concept, and wildly enthralling performances... make Bad Jews a must-see this season." –Broadway World
By Joshua Harmon
April 14 – May 1, 2016
Daphna Feygenbaum swears she is the most devout Jew in her family but, when her less observant cousin arrives to claim a treasured family heirloom and religious symbol, a devastatingly hilarious battle between the holy and holier-than-thou ignites! Hailed by The New York Times as “the best comedy of the season,” Bad Jews is an uproarious exploration of faith and family that is as thought-provoking and poignant as it is viciously funny. A Co-Production with English Theatre Frankfurt. Sponsored by Ruth and Alan Heeger with support from Sybil Rosen. Directed by Jonathan Fox.
2015-16 Season sponsored by The Stephen and Carla Hahn Foundation
For mature audiences.
“The best comedy of the season!” The New York Times
“Delicious, nasty, good fun.” The New York Post
Eden Malyn* (Daphna) After taking some time away from the stage to pursue TV and film, last year Eden had the great joy of workshopping Kimber Lee's Different Words for the Same Thing for Center Theatre Group, performing in the new musical Behind Closed Doors in NYC, participating in the JAW Playwright's Festival up at Portland Center Stage, and portraying Nina in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, also at PCS. Eden has been stalking Bad Jews for a year, with her heart set on playing Daphna, so she couldn't be more thrilled to have the opportunity to work on this piece with such an incredible creative team. Past TV credits include guest spots on "American Horror Story," "Criminal Minds," "Castle," a recurring arc as Zanna on Showtime's "House of Lies," and the recurring role of Erin Sikowitz on Season 3 and the upcoming Season 4 of Netflix's "Orange is the New Black." You may have seen her as Ames in the indie feature Maybe Someday, Emily in the cult-classic feature film DEADHEADS, or in a good handful of national commercials. She would like to thank her wonderful and supportive family, her manager Avi Simon, Mark and the killer team at KMR, and her mentor Jamison Jones.
Adam Silver* (Liam) is an actor, producer, artist and creator based in Los Angeles. He recently produced and starred in the West Coast premiere of Ike Holter's Hit the Wall (six Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards including Production and Ensemble). Theatre: Sons of the Prophet (The Blank); Stupid Fucking Bird (Ovation Award nomination: Featured Actor, Theatre @ Boston Court/Circle X); Creation (Theatre @ Boston Court); Sleepless in Seattle (Pasadena Playhouse); Awake & Sing! (A Noise Within); Surf Orpheus (Getty Villa); Fact & Fiction and Nerve (Sixth Avenue); over thirty productions in his hometown of Chicago. Television: "Transparent," "Masters of Sex," "Community," "Torchwood," "Wedding Band," "Californication." Film: Excision, The Kari Files, Marla, The Runaways, Sorta’ Horny. Adam founded and runs Sixth Avenue, a collective of artists who create theatre, film, art, parties and events. Adam received his degree in Cultural Studies from Columbia College Chicago. IAmAdamSilver.com.
Stephanie Burden* (Melody) Stephanie is so happy to be in Santa Barbara making her Ensemble Theatre Company debut. Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena), Folger Theatre; The Matchmaker (Minnie Faye) Ford's Theater; Leading Ladies (Audrey), St. Vincent's Theatre; The Children's Hour (Martha), Everyman Theatre; Rep Stage, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Aunt Polly) and Katie Couric's The Brand New Kid (Miss Kincaid), The Kennedy Center tours; Servant of Two Masters (Smeraldina), LATC and Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Vivaldi's The Four Seasons (April) and The Planets (Loona) with the LA Phil at The Walt Disney Concert Hall. TV credits include "The Wire," "The Mentalist." Love to Cory and their dang cute chihuahua.
Cory Kahane (Jonah) is proud to make his ETC debut telling this story. He previously played the role at Theater Wit and the Royal George Theatre in Chicago, IL and the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, IL. Other credits: The Romans: Episode Quartus with Lincoln Square Theatre; A Midsummer Night’s Dream with The James Downing Theatre. Film:The Cheating Pact (Lifetime Original Movie); Bad Johnson. Cory has a BFA in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
- Jewish Culture Night, April 17, 2016, 6:00pm, performance at 7:00pm: Light bites and socilaizing before the performance - a partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara! Open to ticket holders who have used the JFED promo code (save $20 per ticket!)
- Book Club, April 20, 2016, 5:30 - 6:30pm: Scripts are now available for checkout at the Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 East Anapamu Street. Join other theatregoers for a lively discussion about the play from a literary and dramatic perspective. FREE!
- Pre-Show Talk, April 20 & 27, 2016 at 7:15 pm: Join us in the courtyard of The New Vic for an informative and insightful discussion about the play before you see it, sure to enhance your theatrical experience.
- Martini Night: April 22, 2016 at 7:15pm, performance at 8:00pm: Free to ticket holders. Come early to enjoy a complimentary martini and mingle before the show.
- Talk Back, April 28, 2016: Meet the cast after the show and discuss the production.
"ETC Brings Acclaimed Comedy to the New Vic." SB Independent
"Excellent writing, a strong concept, and wildly enthralling performances... make Bad Jews a must-see this season." Broadway World
"It’s easy to see why this witty and ferocious exercise in family discord has become so popular."-SB Independent