Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews received its world premiere at Roundabout Underground, transferred to the Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre, and has since become one of the most produced plays in the United States. International productions include Australia, Canada, Germany, Israel, South Africa and London’s West End, following sell-out runs at Theatre Royal Bath and the St. James. Other plays include Ivanka, which had readings at theatres across the country on Election Eve 2016, and Significant Other, which had its world premiere at Roundabout. Fellowships from MacDowell, Atlantic Center for the Arts and NNPN. He is a graduate of Juilliard and under commission from Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Lincoln Center Theater.
Jessica Stone worked as an actress on and off-Broadway, and in television and film, for the last 25 years. Her Broadway credits include Anything Goes, Butley, The Odd Couple, The Smell of the Kill, Design for Living, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Grease. Her offBroadway credits include Crimes of the Heart, Krisit, The Country Club, June Moon, Tenderloin,and Babes in Arms. She has performed in regional theatres across the country including Huntington Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Geva Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, and 10 seasons at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Concurrently, she was an assistant/associate director on and Off-Broadway to Nicholas Martin, Joe Mantello, David Warren, and Christopher Ashley. Ms. Stone’s directing career began in earnest with her all-male 2010 production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum for the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Directing credits now include Charlotte’s Web (TheatreworksUSA), Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Williamstown), Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (The Old Globe/ Huntington Theatre Company), June Moon ( Williamstown), Absurd Person Singular (Two River Theater Company), Arms and the Man (The Old Globe), ...Spelling Bee (Bucks County Playhouse), and a remount of A Funny Thing... (Two River Theatre company). Upcoming productions include David Lindsay Abaire’s Ripcord (Huntington Theatre Company) and the world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood (Old Globe). She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two sons.
CastMaddie Jo Landers
Maddie Jo Landers
Maddie Jo Landers made her debut at George Street Playhouse in 2017's Bad Jews as Melody. Favorite Regional Credits include Katherine in The Taming, Vanda in Venus in Fur, and Katherine in The Foreigner. TV credits include The Good Wife, Boardwalk Empire, Royal Pains, and Person of Interest. Maddie Jo is a proud graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Laura Lapidus After appearing as Daphna in Bad Jews at DC’s Studio Theatre and Chicago’s Theater Wit, Laura reprised the role yet again in GSP's 2017 production. Other credits include Stay Lit in Steppenwolf’s LookOut Series; Balm in Gilead (Jeff nomination for Best Ensemble), Golden Boy and Port with Griffin Theatre; The Seagull with The Artistic Home; Women Beware Women with Two Pence; Pains of Youth with Odradek/Oracle Theatre; and breaks & bikes with Pavement Group (World Premiere). Television credits include Chicago PD. A Chicagoan at heart, Laura recently made NYC home. BFA in Acting from the University of Michigan.
Alec Silberblatt New York: Graduation Day (Middle Voice Theater), The Cherry Orchard (Strange Sun Theater). Regional: Lungs (Off the Wall - Carnegie Stage), Driftless (world premiere with Hatch Arts Collective), Chickens in the Yard (Quantum Theater), Sharon’s Grave and A Skull in Connemara (PICT Classic Theater), Orphans (Lake Dillon Theater Company), Rabbit Hole (Pittsburgh Public Theater, Hartford TheaterWorks). Upcoming: Biloxi Blues (Ivoryton Playhouse). Training: BFA Acting, CCM.
Amos VanderPoel made his George Street Playhouse debut as Jonah in 2017's Bad Jews. Theater credits include The Cradle Will Rock; Dog Sees God; Lysistrata; The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe; and Urinetown, among other things. Film/TV: Delivery Man, Mozart In the Jungle, and Deception. He has also appeared in numerous commercials. Big shout out to everyone at Wolf Talent, as well as Mom, Dad, and Hannah! BFA Acting Syracuse University.
Liam is a self-proclaimed “bad Jew” – and he may actually be an atheist. It is the night after his grandfather`s funeral, and Liam and his cousin Daphna are arguing over who should inherit “Poppy`s” Chai necklace. The verbal battle rages until Liam stakes claim to the necklace, and a vicious and hilarious brawl about family, faith and legacy begins. This New Jersey premiere was hailed by The New York Times as “the best comedy of the season” and called “outrageously funny” by The Washington Post.
"Deliciously naughty...a comic tour de force" - The Princeton Packet
"Hilarious...side-splitting funny" - Home News Tribune/Gannett NJ
"The hatred is real. And the hatred is beautiful...highly recommended" - New Jersey Stage
"The cast of 'Bad Jews' is a dream team...remarkably entertaining and poignant" - BroadwayWorld.com
"Rip-roaring comedy" - Talkin' Broadway
"The folks at George Street Playhouse have cooked up a splendid dish in ‘Bad Jews.’" - NJ Arts Maven
"Blistering comedy...superbly acted and directed" - Curtain Up
- STAGE REVIEW: A Deliciously Naughty Comedy at George Street Playhouse - The Princeton Packet (3/30/2017)
- Theater: 'Bad Jews' at George Street Playhouse - Home News Tribune/Gannett NJ (3/28/2017)
- REVIEW: "Bad Jews" at George Street Playhouse - New Jersey Stage (3/28/2017)
- BWW Review: BAD JEWS at GSP is Comedy at its Best - BroadwayWorld.com (3/27/2017)
- Bad Jews Brings Out Good Laughs at George Street Playhouse (with audio interview) - WBGO (3/27/2017)
- Regional Reviews: "Bad Jews" - George Street Playhouse - Talkin' Broadway (3/27/2017)
- NJ Review: "Bad Jews" - Curtain Up (3/26/2017)
- REVIEW: “Bad Jews” A Delectable Dish @ George Street Playhouse - NJ Arts Maven (3/26/2017)
- AUDIO: Bert Baron interview with Laura Lapidus and Alec Silberblatt - 1450AM WCTC (3/21/2017)
- THEATER: GSP play tackles good Jew/bad Jew divide - New Jersey Jewish News (3/21/2017)
- 'Bad Jews' is a family drama that holds up a mirror to all of us - The Star-Ledger/NJ.com (3/20/2017)
- A look at "Bad Jews" at George Street Playhouse - New Jersey Stage (3/17/2017)