– tefillah –
tefillah or prayer: a translation
Written and directed by Aaron Henne
Developed with: Shirley Anderson, Joshua Wolf Coleman, Rabbi Ed Feinstein, Andrea Hodos, Julie A. Lockhart, Rebecca Rasmussen, Clay Steakley, Dylan Southard and Paul Vroom
Cantors: Seth Marlon Ettinger and Kerith Spencer-Shapiro
Performances by: Shirley Anderson, Joshua Wolf Coleman*, Debbie Jaffe*, Julie A. Lockhart, Rebecca Rasmussen*, Clay Steakley* and Paul Vroom
*Appearance courtesy of Actor's Equity Association
Sound Design/Composer: Martín Carrillo
Costume Design: Bert Henert
Prop Master: Katherine S. Hunt
Dramaturg: Dylan Southard
Script Consultants: Jonathan Freund and Andrea Hodos
Stage Manager: Beth Mack
Assistant Director: Michael Wise
The Jewish Community Foundation, Los Angeles
Valley Beth Shalom
Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center
The Jewish Federation of Los Angeles
The Jewish Daily Forward
This production was made possible in part due to the generous support of The Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation.
premiered June 22, 2014 and toured to sacred spaces throughout Los Angeles over the summer
Originally performed at Valley Beth Shalom, Congregation Kol Ami, The Church of Our Saviour, the Pico Union Project, and University Synagogue, June–September, 2014.
tefillah is a thrilling collision of ritual movement and mystical exploration. This piece dramatizes the vivid theatricality and moving humanity inherent in prayer, exposing the complex nature of Jewish worship services by investigating their legacies and structures in physical and poetic ways.
Photos by Taso Papadakis