Beyond the Stage

Theater J is dedicated to taking its dialogues beyond our main stage productions, offering an array of innovative public discussion forums and outreach programs where a diverse range of audiences engage in important conversations about culture, politics, race, identity, history and ideas.  We also offer numerous readings throughout the year, some related to our mainstage offerings, and a great many others emerging from our new play development initiative. 

Making the breadth of Jewish experience relevant to a 21st Century audience, we frequently partner with those of other faiths and communities, stressing the importance of interchange among a great variety of people wishing to take part in frank, humane conversations about conflict and culture.

Theater J is proud to be both a distinctive and respected performance company on the cutting-edge of new play development, and a civically-minded organization using theater as a catalyst for engaging the community throughout the year.

To view a full list of upcoming Beyond the Stage programs, click here
Pre and Post-Show Discussions:
Entrance is free with a ticket to any main stage production.

Professional actors read the best of new work emerging and a selection of other relevant work. All readings are free and open to the public, RSVP requested. Check the Beyond the Stage calendar for more information.

Passports Program

The Theater J Passports Program actively engages students and underserved adult populations throughout the Washington DC metro area to the immediate, compelling story-telling of live theater.  By providing subsidized tickets, educational resources and outreach initiatives, the Passports Program exposes students and marginalized communities to historical events, philosophies and human expressions while strengthening dialogue and shared experiences with the arts.

To learn more about the opportunities available through Passports, please contact the Box Office at 202.777.3210 or email

“The after-performance discussion has been ELEVATED to something on the level of performance art, courtesy of the sensitive and savvy folks who run Theater J” - The Washington Post

Post show discussion of The Call by Tanya Barfield, presented in partnership with Operation Understanding DC. May, 2015.

Staged Reading of Selected Prose and Poems from the Afghan Women's Writing Project. Part of the Voices From A Changing Middle East Festival: Voice of the Woman, 2010