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tefillah or prayer: a translation

theatre dybbuk's tefillah

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

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

Sponsored by:


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.

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