King of the Jews

OCT 24-NOV 18

One night after curfew in the Astoria Café, a group of waiters, cooks, and entertainers, along with a spare rabbi or two, are forced by the German occupiers to form a Judenrat, a group of self-governing Jews who will thenceforth govern the lives—and determine the deaths—of their co-religionists in the ghetto that surrounds them. In that first act, they are forced, at a terrible cost, to choose their Elder, who is based on the true-life character Chaim Rumkowski, leader of the Lodz Ghetto in Poland. Later, in the second act, we see the Judenrat and its leader confronted with the terrible moral dilemma of having to decide: Who among their fellow Jews is to live and who is to die? It is not a choice that any human being can make, not in a world that has not become morally unhinged and absurd. And yet, they must. In the madness, double-dealing, and even humor that ensues, we join these ordinary mortals as they plumb the depths of the unimaginable that history has thrust upon them.


“Crowning Glory… Flawless” – The Boston Globe 

Written by Leslie Epstein
Directed by Alexandra Aron

Cast includes Richard Topol (Broadway: Indecent) who is joined by Erica Spyres (Broadway: Paradise Square), Daniel Oreskes ( Broadway: West Side Story), John Little ( Broadway: Cabaret), Dave Shalansky (TV: “Gillmore Girls”), Rachel Botchan (Regional: Indecent), Allen Lewis Rickman (Broadway: Relatively Speaking), Robert Zukerman (Film: In Bed With Ulysses), Jonathan Spivey (The Front Page), Wesley Tiso (Chicago PD), and JP Sarro (Orange is the New Black.)

Creative team:
Lauren Helpern (set design), Zach Blane (light design), Jane Shaw (sound design), Oana Botez (costume design), and Sarah Pencheff-Martion (props design).

Casting by Jamibeth Margolis.

This show is produced by John Breen for Parkman Productions. Presented in collaboration with GOH Productions.

Updated: March 8, 2023

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Performance schedule:
Tue, Thu, Fri at 7:00 pm
Wed and Sat, 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Sun, 2:00 pm

$35 previews (Oct 24-27)
$99 thereafter

We want everyone to have access to groundbreaking art. There are ten tickets priced at $10 available for each performance on a first-come, first-served basis.\

Running time: approx. 2h 30 min, with a 20-minute intermission


Content Warning: Not suitable for children under 16. Contains nudity, the appearance of a firearm, and discusses antisemitism and suicide ideation.






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