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Brand New Play Comes to Pumpkin Theatre

In Jewish Baltimore: PJ Library at the Pumpkin Theatre

“Clever Rachel,” based on the PJ Library Book
by Debby Waldman, debuts on March 24 – world premiere

Pumpkin Theatre, PJ Library and the Louise D. and Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education present Clever Rachel, a brand new play based on the children’s book by Debby Waldman. Adapted by Moses Goldberg, former artistic director of Stage One! in KY, the play opens at Pumpkin Theatre on March 24.

In this retelling of a Jewish folktale, Jacob tries to stump Rachel with his best riddles but fails repeatedly. When a young woman in need of help presents Rachel and Jacob with the trickiest riddles of all, they discover the only way to solve them is to work together. They solve it to make their small village a little wiser.

For the debut of the play (at some of the performances!), book author Debby Waldman, playwright Moses Goldberg and Pumpkin Theatre artistic director Jimi Kinstle will be on site.

To keep the experience going, the Center for Jewish Education will provide engaging Jewish educational materials and opportunities for attendees of the show. There will also be an online mechanism for “asking Rachel questions” after the play. Parents will be encouraged to enroll their children in PJ Library (

“We are very excited to collaborate with Pumpkin Theatre to bring this story to life for the first time on a stage anywhere,” said Rabbi Miriam Burg, who spearheaded the project through the Center for Jewish Education. “It is a Jewish story with values that speak to all of us. It is about teamwork and respect and celebrates the potential to learn from every person we meet.”

For ticket information, visit www.pumpkintheatre.comor call 410-828-1814.


What: Clever Rachel - A new play based on the book by Debby Waldman

When: March 24, 25, 31 and April 1, 2012 at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Where: Pumpkin Theatre (St. Timothy’s School, 8400 Greenspring Avenue)

Cost: $13 in advance, $15 at the door

Learn more about the Center for Jewish Education, an agency of THE ASSOCIATED.


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