The night after their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal battle royale over a family heirloom. In one corner is “Super Jew” Daphna: volatile, self-assured, and unbending. In the other, Liam: secular, entitled, and just as stubborn. And in the middle, Liam’s brother Jonah tries to stay out of the fray and honor his grandfather’s memory on his own. A savage comedy about family, faith, and legacy.
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Hilarious! Devastatingly, acidly funny... directed with a maestro's keen powers of perception by Serge Seiden.
A must-see for everyone this theatre season...
Bad Jews is so over-the-top funny, so razor-sharp smart, and
so plumb-the-depths profound that it left me gobsmacked in utter awe.
The title of Joshua Harmon play Bad Jews came to him on the heels of an awkward service in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day. It would take him eight years to write the actual play—a lacerating comedy about three twenty-something cousins battling over how best to honor their Holocaust survivor grandfather’s legacy.Read More
As the only Jewish cast member in Studio Theatre’s production of Bad Jews, Alex Mandell (Liam) brings a unique perspective to the proceedings. Mandell recently spoke with Artistic Apprentice Nathan Norcross about his personal experiences of family and faith and how they informed his work on the play.Read More
Joshua Harmon’s play traces one of the great questions of Jewish-American identity: To what extent is American Judaism a cultural identifier and to what extent is it a religious one? How do you balance assimilation and authenticity? Meet the characters of Bad Jews and take a look at where the three cousins—and one unexpected guest—fall along the spectrum from true believer to non.Read More
As the cast of Bad Jews celebrated 100 performances, making it the longest running show in Studio Theatre history, they sat down with Assistant Director Nathan Norcross to discuss their experience sharing this battle of barbs and beliefs with Studio’s audiences over the past several months.Read More
Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews is a play of opposing viewpoints, of deeply felt convictions. And a play of loud—and long—argument. This savage comedy unfolds the night after their grandfather’s funeral, as three cousins battle it out over an heirloom—a necklace of a chai, the Hebrew word and symbol for life.Read More
At 31, Joshua Harmon is both a graduate student at Juilliard and an award-winning playwright with a sold-out, Off Broadway run under his belt. Harmon continues to successfully juggle both lifestyles as multiple productions of Bad Jews spring up across the country. While Bad Jews was his breakout work, his career as a writer started much earlier.Read More
As the cast and creative team of Bad Jews assembled for the first time to share their vision with Studio Theatre staff, board members, and supporters, director Serge Seiden opened his remarks with a personal anecdote about what it means to be a “good” Jew...Read More