Phil Johnson to Star in A Jewish Joke Off-Broadway

Off-Broadway News   Phil Johnson to Star in A Jewish Joke Off-Broadway
The solo comedy will play Theatre Row beginning in March.
Phil Johnson in A Jewish Joke
Phil Johnson in A Jewish Joke Eric Woolsey

Following an award-winning turn at the United Solo Festival in 2017, Phil Johnson and Marni Freedman's monologue play A Jewish Joke will debut at Off-Broadway's Theatre Row in March. The solo comedy is co-written by Johnson and Freedman, and performed by Johnson.

In A Jewish Joke Bernie Lutz is a curmudgeonly Jewish comedy screenwriter from MGM, who comes up against the Communist blacklist in 1950’s Hollywood. He is forced to decide what's more important—his friends or his livelihood?

A Jewish Joke will begin performances March 7 at The Lion Theatre, where it is scheduled to run through March 31. David Ellenstein directs; opening night is March 13.

A Jewish Joke is presented by The Roustabouts Theatre Co. The show began in San Diego and has toured regionally in Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville, and New Haven.

The creative team for A Jewish Joke Off-Broadway is made up of Aaron Rumley (production design), Jordyn Smiley and Peter Herman (costume design), and Matt Lescault-Wood (sound design). Michael Joseph Ormond is production stage manager, and Rebecca Crigler is general manager.

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