Jewish-Gentile Comedy Jewtopia Extends One Last Time in CA; Headed for NY in September

News   Jewish-Gentile Comedy Jewtopia Extends One Last Time in CA; Headed for NY in September
 
The Los Angeles sell-out hit, Jewtopia, announced its final extension through Aug. 1 in California as the show must close to head to Off-Broadway.

The popular Jewish-Gentile comedy — which opened May 8, 2003, in California — is slated to reach New York Sept. 28, according to the show's website. A production spokesperson stated an announcement would be made shortly.

Frank Yablans and WEJ Productions present the world premiere production of Jewtopia, written by and starring Bryan Fogel and Sam Wolfson. Andy Fickman (Reefer Madness) directs the work at the Coast Playhouse in West Hollywood.

Jewtopia follows the story of two single guys — a Jew and a Gentile — on the verge of turning 30 who are obsessed with dating women of the other's religion. The two devise a plan to help both their causes by teaching one another their cultures.

The show, which has run over a year in Los Angeles, previously announced that Jewtopia was "in final negotiations to open Off-Broadway this summer in New York," according to a release. Fogel told The New York Times the Off-Broadway producing team is waiting on availability for several venues.

The cast includes writers Fogel and Wolfson along with Cheryl David, Alan Charof, Lorry Goldman, Linda Shing, Jackie Tohn and Jenni Pulos. The show's Los Angeles closing suggests the cast will cross the country with the work. The design team of Jewtopia includes Desma Murphy (set), Rand Ryan (lighting), Ann Closs-Farley (costume) and John Zalewski (sound).

Tickets to Jewtopia at the Coast Playhouse, 8325 Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA, can be purchased by calling (877) TIX-4JEW (849-4539). For more information, visit www.jewtopiaplay.com.

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