LA JOLLA–The award-winning J*Company Youth Theatre, a program of the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus, is pleased to announce its premiere production of Goodbye Memories, an original play by San Diego playwright Anita Yellin Simons. The production is a collaboration with the San Diego Jewish Academy and will be directed by Emily Calabrese. The play will run January 21-23, 2011 at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre.
Goodbye Memories is an important new play that sheds new light on one of the world’s best-known writers, Anne Frank. This beautiful play takes facts and stories from Anne Frank’s Diary and shows on stage her life before she and her family went into hiding. A touching, warm play showing the real girl within the iconic and adored writer of one of the greatest selling books of our time. Goodbye Memories is appropriate for all ages.
“The moment I read this beautiful piece I knew J*Company had to produce it,” said J*Company Artistic Director Joey Landwehr. “It’s important for young people not only to learn the facts about this important historical character, but to be able to relate to the real young person within the historical figure. This girl suffered the same ups and downs while growing up that they are now experiencing. This play helps Anne Frank pop out of the black & white pictures in the history books and show herself as a live girl in vivid color. And, as always, J*Company reaches out to find works that not only help these children grow as artists but also as young men and women.”
“This is our second year of bringing theatre curriculum to San Diego Jewish Academy and the first collaborative production bringing the young artists at SDJA to the stage at J*Company Youth Theatre,” said Landwehr. “They are exceptional talents!”
Simons grew up in Canton, Ohio and attended Ithaca College, Ohio State University and UCLA. Goodbye Memories, her first play, won several awards including first place in the 2004 Playwriting Contest of Community Theatre Association of Michigan and semi-finalist in the 2007 Jackie White Memorial National Children’s Play Writing, and has had staged readings in San Diego, Hollywood and New York City. In 2005 Anita joined writing forces with Lauren Simon and they collaborated on two plays. Ladies First was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2006 Peacewriting Awards presented by the Peace and Justice Studies Association and the OMNI Center for Peace, Justice and Ecology and was a Finalist in the 2006 Trustus Playwriting Festival. Their second collaboration, Heartland won the 2008 Dayton Playhouse FutureFest award of new works and had its first production at MiraCosta College in Oceanside, California in November 2008.
Heartland took Second Place in the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award at the Kennedy Center.
Simons is currently working on several projects: a play about women and PTSD in the military; her first musical; and a documentary about the internment of German-Americans during World War II. She currently lives in La Jolla with her husband, is employed at La Jolla Playhouse, and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.
Tickets for Goodbye Memories are $14 for children and $16 for adults and are available online at www.sdcjc.org/jcompany, or by calling the JCC Box Office at (858) 362-1348.
The David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre is located at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Jacobs Family Campus at 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla.