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SHUL by Sheldon Wolf

SHUL by Sheldon Wolf

Springfield JCC to Host a Reading of SHUL


a New Play by Sheldon Wolf


Sunday, September 7, 3 pm
The world premiere reading of SHUL, a new play by former Springfield area resident Sheldon Wolf, will be presented at the JCC on Sunday September 7 at 3 p.m., 1160 Dickinson Street in Springfield. SHUL, concerning the last members of a decaying inner-city synagogue, features a cast of eight actors. For this reading, the actors will appear at music stands with scripts in hand. The afternoon program will conclude with a brief “talk back” with the playwright and the cast, followed by a reception. Seating capacity is limited to one performance. Tickets will benefit Springfield JCC Camp Scholarship Funds and the Forest Park Minyan.

Sheldon and his wife, Betsy, presently reside in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. Wolf is president of Advancement Company, LLC, providing management consulting to nonprofit organizations.

“So, why a reading in Springfield?” asks Wolf, who moved from Longmeadow in 1999. “The first readers of this script were several friends in Western Massachusetts who thought the play had particular relevance to a community like Springfield where the Jewish population is smaller than it was and where the larger community is facing many challenges. These friends encouraged me to find a way to bring the project to the Springfield area. I have a particular fondness for the JCC, where I served for many years on the Board of Directors and where the staff was always so helpful to me and my family. This project is an easy way to 'pay it forward.'"

Wolf, who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre, had his first play, Blizzard, produced in 1977 in New York City at the Lion Theatre. Several short projects followed in Springfield, including a play about AIDS and a script for the Yom HaShoah observance based on Holocaust testimonies. Recent full length plays include Vanished, Honorable Mention winner at the Fremont Centre Theatre (California), and Miracle Play, which had a reading at the University of Pennsylvania last year. Short plays include Nocturne in B-14 (staged reading at the Lawrenceville Play Festival (New Jersey), Tango in B-15 and After (staged readings at Philadelphia Dramatists Center), and And Yet, produced in March 2014 by the Pocket Assisting with casting and logistics for this reading of Shul is director Lillian Cataldi of Cranston Rhode Island.

Assisting with casting and logistics for this reading is director Lillian Ctaldi of Cranston, Rhode Island.

$10, JCC members; $12 general public
Call the JCC at (413) 739-4715 for tickets, or stop by 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield.


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Arts in the Afternoon


SHUL by Sheldon Wolf

SHUL by Sheldon Wolf

Springfield JCC to Host a Reading of SHUL


a New Play by Sheldon Wolf


Sunday, September 7, 3 pm
The world premiere reading of SHUL, a new play by former Springfield area resident Sheldon Wolf, will be presented at the JCC on Sunday September 7 at 3 p.m., 1160 Dickinson Street in Springfield. SHUL, concerning the last members of a decaying inner-city synagogue, features a cast of eight actors. For this reading, the actors will appear at music stands with scripts in hand. The afternoon program will conclude with a brief “talk back” with the playwright and the cast, followed by a reception. Seating capacity is limited to one performance. Tickets will benefit Springfield JCC Camp Scholarship Funds and the Forest Park Minyan.

Sheldon and his wife, Betsy, presently reside in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. Wolf is president of Advancement Company, LLC, providing management consulting to nonprofit organizations.

“So, why a reading in Springfield?” asks Wolf, who moved from Longmeadow in 1999. “The first readers of this script were several friends in Western Massachusetts who thought the play had particular relevance to a community like Springfield where the Jewish population is smaller than it was and where the larger community is facing many challenges. These friends encouraged me to find a way to bring the project to the Springfield area. I have a particular fondness for the JCC, where I served for many years on the Board of Directors and where the staff was always so helpful to me and my family. This project is an easy way to 'pay it forward.'"

Wolf, who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre, had his first play, Blizzard, produced in 1977 in New York City at the Lion Theatre. Several short projects followed in Springfield, including a play about AIDS and a script for the Yom HaShoah observance based on Holocaust testimonies. Recent full length plays include Vanished, Honorable Mention winner at the Fremont Centre Theatre (California), and Miracle Play, which had a reading at the University of Pennsylvania last year. Short plays include Nocturne in B-14 (staged reading at the Lawrenceville Play Festival (New Jersey), Tango in B-15 and After (staged readings at Philadelphia Dramatists Center), and And Yet, produced in March 2014 by the Pocket Assisting with casting and logistics for this reading of Shul is director Lillian Cataldi of Cranston Rhode Island.

Assisting with casting and logistics for this reading is director Lillian Ctaldi of Cranston, Rhode Island.

$10, JCC members; $12 general public
Call the JCC at (413) 739-4715 for tickets, or stop by 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield.