Staged at the Maltz Museum



Wednesday, August 16, 7 p.m.  and Sunday, August 20, 1 p.m.Summer Shorts: Collection of short pieces honoring the creativity and inventiveness of Rube Goldberg. Directed by Jacqi Loewy

Thursday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m., AMSTERDAM, by Maya Arad Yasur, Co-produced by JCC and sponsored by The Cleveland-Israel Cultural Connection of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.


Thursday, Nov. 2, 1:00-2:15, discussing THE HISTORY OF INVULNERABILITY, By David Bar Katz. Celebrating the 85th anniversary of Cleveland-born Superman, we welcome to the discussion Greg Kaplan, cousin of Superman creator Jerry Siegel and President of the Siegel & Shuster Society.



SCRIPT CLUB DISCUSSIONS – to support the Maltz Museum exhibition: THIS LIGHT OF OURS: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

Thursday, October 6, 1:00-2:15 p.m., discussing A RAISIN IN THE SUN, by Lorraine Hansberry

Thursday, November 3, 1:00-2:15 p.m. , discussing LOVING, by Peter Manos

Thursday, December 1, 1:00-2:15, p.m., discussing A DEATH IN THE CITY, by Faye Sholiton


Sunday, August 7, 3 p.m. – BAUER, by Lauren Gunderson, hosted by the Mandel JCC. Directed by Mitchell Fields.


Thursday, Feb. 3. discussing Becoming Dr. Ruth, by Mark St. Germain, to accompany museum exhibit “Stories of Survival.”




Thursday, March 4, April 1 & May 6 discussing Photograph 51, by Anna Ziegler; The Green Book, by Calvin Ramsey; and Gloria, A Life, by Emily Mann, as part of the exhibition “The Notorious RBG”

Thursday, October 7, November 4 & December 2, discussing If the Whole Body Dies, by Robert Skloot; A Patch of Earth, by Kitty Feld; and Come Good Rain, by George Seremba. To accompany the exhibit “Stories of Survival.”


Wed., January 15, 7 p.m. (co-presented with the museum and the Mandel JCC), DEB FILLER, in I Did It My Way in Yiddish (in English), hosted by the JCC. To accompany the Maltz Museum exhibit “Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music.”



Sunday, January 13, at 3 p.m. (co-presented with the Maltz Museum) GOLDA’S BALCONY, by William Gibson, Directed by Faye Sholiton and starring Dorothy Silver and John Busser, to accompany the exhibit: Israel Then & Now. (Second performance: Wednesday, January 23, at 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 14, at 4 p.m. (co-presented with the Maltz Museum) HARD LOVE, by Motti Lerner. Directed by Fred Sternfeld and featuring Lara Mielcarek* and Chris Richards*  Accompanies the Maltz Museum exhibit Israel Then & Now.  (*appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association)   For reservations and ticket information, call the museum:  (216) 593-0575; or visit

Wednesday, July 10, at 7 p.m. (co-presented with the Maltz Museum) ANOTHER WAY HOME, by Anna Ziegler. Directed by Jacqi Loewy and featuring Jenny Boswell, Craig Joseph, Tyler Kula, Joe Quinn and Juliette Regnier*. For reservations and ticket information, call the museum: (216) 593-0575; or visit

First Thursday “SCRIPT CLUB” will meet October 3, November 7 & December 5, discussing plays relating to the themes of the museum exhibit “Leonard Bernstein; the Power of Music.”


Sunday, January 28, 2 p.m.  (co-presented with the Maltz Museum)  Rx, by Kate Fodor, featuring John Busser, Lissy Gulick, Laurel Hoffman, Lara Mielcarek,” Chris Richards* and Greg Violand* to accompany the exhibit “Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America.” Directed by Jeffery Allen.


Wednesday, April 12, 7 p.m. (co-presented with the Maltz Museum) “Beyond the Call: Bruce Klunder and the Fight to Save Cleveland’s Schools,” a panel discussion featuring Rachel Fair, Nina Domingue Glover, James Hardiman and Charlene Reed-Mundell. Program accompanies the exhibition “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement.” 

Wednesday, December 6, 7 p.m. (co-presented with the Maltz Museum), “Grand Rounds,” an evening of pop-up theatre in the exhibit “Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America.” Four original, site-specific works written and directed by Anne McEvoy, David Hansen, Christine Howey and Faye Sholiton.


Sunday, April 3, 2 p.m., Good: A Tragedy, by C.P. Taylor, to accompany the exhibition  OPERATION FINALE: The Capture and Trial of Adolf Eichmann. This co-production with the Maltz Museum explores the banality of evil. We watch a basically decent, intelligent German literature professor as he is recruited for the Nazi propaganda machine. Featuring: Donald Carrier*, Mike Cipiti, Laurel Hoffman*, Tim Keo, Annie Kitral*, Lindsey Mitchell*, James Rankin, Chris Richards*, Drew Rothman, and Miranda Scholl, with sound by Richard Ingraham. Directed by Jeffery Allen. Check-in is at the Maltz Museum; reading is performed at the neighboring Temple Tifereth Israel.

*appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

PLAYREADING 101 – First Thursdays in April, May & June, November & December

Join Faye Sholiton and invited facilitators in discussing three Holocaust-themed scripts. All sessions held at the Maltz Museum:

April 7, 1:00-3:00 p.m. – Incident at Vichy, by Arthur Miller – looks at the guilt, fear and complicity of individuals facing judgment in Vichy, France

May 5, 1:00-3:00 p.m. – Our Class, by Tadeusz Slobodzianek – the story of Polish schoolmates – Gentiles and Jews – whose friendships – and lives – are destroyed by antisemitism, violence and lawlessness.

June 2, 1:00-3:00 p.m. – Way to Heaven, by Juan Mayorga – a glimpse of the “model” concentration camp at Terezin that pulls back the curtain on the ruse.

November 3, 1:00-3:00 – Miss Julie: Freedom Summer, adapted by Stephen Sachs after the play by August Strindberg

December 1, 1:00-3:00 p.m. – To Kill a King, by Joshua Ford, the story of the Memphis garbage workers’ strike in 1968 that brought Martin Luther King to town.


Sunday, October 18, 2015, 2 p.m., A Happy End, by Iddo Netanyahu. Staged reading of a play set in Berlin, in 1932, shortly before Hitler’s rise to power. Noted physicist Mark Erdmann and his wife are too comfortable in the lives they know to risk starting over in a strange place. A play about the dangers of complacency. Featuring: Khaki Hermann, Kyle Huff, Susan Lucier*, James Rankin, and George Roth*. RESERVATIONS AND TICKETS: (216) 593-0575.

7th Inning Stretch
Ursula Cataan, Carly Germany in “7th Inning Stretch”
(Credit: Elaine Siegel)

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2 p.m., The Baseball Plays: Seventh Inning Stretch, staged reading of four short plays by some of America’s top playwrights: Lee Blessing’s Fantasy League; Dano Madden’s The Save; Karen Hartman’s Some Kind of Catch; and Charlie Peters’ Striking Out the Babe. Jeffery Allen directs an all-star cast: Ursula Cataan*, Aaron Elersich, Carly Germany*, Jacqi Loewy* and Greg Violand* (*member, Actors’ Equity Assn). Museum admission will be charged. Tickets/reservations: (216) 593-0575.

 Sunday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m.,  Extra Innings!  The Baseball Plays: Seventh Inning Stretch, at Cleveland’s Historic League Park, 66th and Lexington Ave. Includes free tours of the ballpark, before and after the reading. ADMISSION IS FREE, although donations to the Baseball Heritage Museum are welcome.


In November 2013, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage invited Interplay to present a staged reading to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. We produced The Quarrel, a stunning drama by David Brandes and Joseph Telushkin. In it, two former Lithuanian Yeshiva students – best friends – find each other in 1948 in a Montreal park. The friendship had been severed years earlier when they developed incompatible views of God and secularism. The two men, now Holocaust survivors, meet to resume their quarrel.

From that beginning, Interplay joined the Maltz Museum in a series of works presented in 2014:

April 6, 2 p.m.: Veils, by Tom Coash, observing Arab-American History Month (Broadway World Review of Veils)

May 11, following 11 a.m. brunch: Scenes and MAMAlogues – honoring Mother’s Day (works by Leslie Ayvazian, Barrie Cole, Eric Coble, Jennifer Maisel and Bara Swain)

June 11, 7 p.m.: Standing on Ceremony, The Gay Marriage Plays, co-produced with Cleveland Public Theatre, in honor of Gay Pride Month

Events at the Maltz may have an admission fee. Reservations and information are available at, or by calling (216) 593-0575