Voices Speak Out This Week at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Voices Speak Out This Week at the Museum of Jewish Heritage

Untold Stories of Jewish Women is a three day theatrical festival, March 20-22 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC. From the biblical legends of Sarah and Esther, to the “Iron Lady” of Israeli politics, Golda Meir, to the comedy of Joan Rivers and Sarah Silverman, the festival will explore the archetype of women who have contributed so meaningfully to the zeitgeist yet their stories have been told from only a few perspectives, and some have not been told at all, until now.

There are pieces about scientists, revolutionaries, survivors, and artists of all kinds.  These stories, both familiar and not, reveal a compelling cultural history which must be seen.

The cost is $25 for the entire festival/$10 per day.



10:00am – 12:30pm
Bread and Three Roses (Rose Schneiderman, Zivia Lubetkin, and Ida Nudel) by Jessica Eisenberg
Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman by Matilda Rabinowitz (excerpt, autobiographical)
The End of Gomorrah (Lot’s Wife) by Edith Thomas (adapted by Susan Merson)
Scenes from Anna O. (Bertha Pappenheim) by Paul Pasulka
Red Emma (Emma Goldman) by Maxine Kern (excerpt)
Tamar by Emma Goldman-Sherman (excerpt)

1:00pm – 2:30pm
Lilith Magazine Salon – Historical Perspectives – How do we present our troubling stories?

3:00pm – 5:30pm
Mit a Fiddle in the Middle (Molly Picon) by C.J. Ehrlich (excerpt)
Castles in the Air (Anna Pavlova) by Christine Drew Benjamin
After the Thin Man (Stella Adler & Sylvia Gassell) by Shellen Lubin
The Spring and Fall of Eve Adams (Eve Adams) by Barbara Kahn

6:15pm – 8:00pm
Including songs in the voice of: Rabbi Angela Buchdahl (by Christine Toy Johnson & Bobby Cronin), Josie Earp (by Sheilah Rae & Michele Brourman), Emma Lazarus (by Dana Leslie Goldstein & Jon Goldstein), Bella Chagall (by Sarah Rebell & Teresa Lotz), Lilith (by June Rachelson-Ospa) / Estelle Parsons as Ida Kaminska (by Liz Amadio), Caroline Aaron as Joan Rivers (by Danielle Wirsansky), Cynthia Enfield as Sarah Bernhardt, Romy Nordlinger as Alla Nazimova, Judy Rosenblatt as Peggy Guggenheim (by Lanie Robertson), Autobiographical material from: TAMIR, Luna Kaufman,  Amanda Miryem-Khaye Seigel,  Eleanor Reissa (performed by Eleanor Reissa & Mimi Lieber), Leah Kornfeld Friedman (performed by Ilene Kristen and Roberta Wallach), and Amy Oestricher. A scene from Indecent (by Paula Vogel, original direction by Rebecca Taichman) and Hannah Senesh (by David Schechter), and more from Eve Brandstein, Stephanie Satie, Sarah Steele, DS Magid, and Susan Cinoman

WITH: Tracy Stark on the piano, and Zoe Aqua on the violin


10:00am – 12:30pm
Mrs. Stern Wanders the Prussian State Library (Hannah Arendt) by Jenny Lyn Bader
At the Train Station in Munich (Gisa Pieper) by Cynthia Cooper
Devil on the Wall (Hannah Senesh) by Danielle Wirsansky
Gretel Bergmann (Gretel Bergmann) by Cynthia Cooper
Letters to Sala (Ala Gertner) by Arlene Hutton (excerpt)

Never Forget (Shirley Jackson) by Donna Hoke
In the Evenings (family) by Susan Merson
Shifra (family) by Sarah Kaidanow

1:00pm – 2:30pm
Lilith Magazine Salon – Are we allowed to say that women’s experiences of the Holocaust are different?

3:00pm – 5:30pm
vessels by Kim Yaged
The Woman with the White Hair (Henrietta Szold) by Elsa Rael
Searching for a New Sunrise by Robin Rice (excerpt)
Fibers by Amy Oestricher (autobiographical, excerpt)
The Spoken and the Unspoken by Cynthia Cooper


10:00am – 12:30pm
Season to Season (Lee Krasner) by Richard Rashke (excerpt)
Scenes from the Life (Lee Krasner) by Glenda Frank (excerpts)
Truth in Motion (Anna Sokolow) by Cynthia Chapman
Burn Out (Rosalind Franklin) by Naomi Elster
Element 109 (Lisa Meitner) by Erin Moughon
The Goatherd’s Wife by Carol Schlanger (autobiographical, excerpt)
Hebrew School 1961 by Barbara Bottner (autobiographical, excerpt)
The 13th or the Martyr of Moscow (Anya Politkovskaya) by Nina V.

1:00pm – 2:30pm
Salon – What stories still need to be told?

3:00pm – 6:00pm
Chicken Noodle Nightflights by Susan Merson (autobiographical, excerpt)
Future Girl Visits Barbie’s Mom (Ruth Handler) by Ellen Davis Sullivan
Marvel-ous Monica (Monica Lewinsky) by Sarah Tuft (excerpt)
Anzia Yezierska by Dana Leslie Goldstein
Playing House (Bella Abzug) by Coni Koepfinger
My Fellow Congregants (Ivanka Trump) by Annie Wiseman
The Passion of Ethel Rosenberg by Edward Morris (excerpt)
The Autobiography of Martine Rothblatt as Performed by Her Four Children Along With a Robot Named Bina48 by Kat Mustatea


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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