Jewish community experiences NYC-style theater in Woodcliff Lake
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Jewish community experiences NYC-style theater in Woodcliff Lake

JCCNNJ board of directors, from left, Barry Kissler, Paula Cantor, Julius Eisen, Tara Merson, Jeffrey Tucker, and Bruce Mactas. (Photos courtesy JCCNJ)
JCCNNJ board of directors, from left, Barry Kissler, Paula Cantor, Julius Eisen, Tara Merson, Jeffrey Tucker, and Bruce Mactas. (Photos courtesy JCCNJ)

“Bar Mitzvah Boy,” the JCCNNJ’s opening Arts & Culture event, was performed last week in Woodcliff Lake. According to its organizers, the audience experienced the beauty of theater with a story so funny and touching that it transported them out of their daily lives and took them on a journey through laughter, tears, heartache, and joy.

JCCNNJ board member Paula Cantor, with actor/director Geoffrey Cantor.

Produced by Jewish Plays Project and directed by its founder, David Winitsky, “Bar Mitzvah Boy,” written by Mark Leiren-Young, was the 2017 winner of the national Jewish Playwriting Contest. Fresh off of a five-city production run, the play came to New Jersey with its original JPP cast, actors Annie Meisels and Philip Hoffman.

Sharry Friedberg, left, and Susan Benkel were among the planning committee members.

Geoffrey Cantor, the guest speaker and cameo actor, said “As theater artist, I’m always looking for opportunities to find connection between my art and my Jewish identity. The JCCNNJ is creating a unique opportunity for our community to experience theater at this level so close to home — especially with a play that so expertly explores our heritage, culture, and values.”

For information on upcoming events, go to www.jccnnj.org

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