Theater Arts Productions

"Bad Jews" by Joshua Harmon

October 20-22, 2023
"Bad Jews" by Joshua Harmon
Directed by Shana Gozansky

Digital Program

While its title is provocative and satirical, Harmon’s play is a heartfelt and powerful exploration of family, faith and what it means to be Jewish in today's global culture. These themes might resonate with you differently due to the current Israel-Hamas conflict, and we encourage you to consider that before attending.

If you plan to join us, please note that, out of an abundance of caution, we will limit entry to the front doors of the Spingold Theater Center, where there will be a Public Safety officer onsite and bags may be subject to search. Please avoid bringing large bags if possible.

Content Advisory: This production contains strong language, mature themes and discussions of antisemitism and the Holocaust.

Click here to learn what inspired Joshua Harmon to write “Bad Jews”


The night after their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal (and sometimes physical) battle. In one corner is Daphna Feygenbaum, a “Real Jew” who is volatile, self-assured and unbending. In the other is her equally stubborn cousin Liam, a secular and entitled young man, who has his shiksa girlfriend, Melody, in tow. Stuck in the middle is Liam’s brother, Jonah, who tries to stay out of the fray. When Liam stakes claim to their grandfather's Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues.

"Bad Jews" by Joshua Harmon is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Show Times:
October 20-22, 2023
Friday & Saturday 8 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday 2 p.m.

The Cast

Artistic Team

Student Run Crew

  • Laya Fridman
  • Liza Heck
  • Orly Krupp
  • Ofri Levinson
  • Charlie Lyster
  • Skylar Neidig
  • Annette Pinstein
  • Jen Yang
  • Yijia Yu

Director's Note and Resources