Main Stage Series

JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 14, 2016


Adapted by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok from the novel by Chaim Potok

Directed by Dawn Loveland

A standing-room-only hit wherever it has played, this award-winning adaptation from the award-winning novel is the story of two boys, two fathers and two very different Jewish communities—"five blocks and a world apart"—in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the 1940s. Set against the backdrop of WW II, the revelation of the Holocaust, and the desperate struggle of Zionism, THE CHOSEN remains not essentially political or religious but deeply human. This is a story of friendship, family and difficult choices that we must all make on the path to understanding, respect and reconciliation.

"...moving...examines the freedom that comes with the passage from childhood to adulthood—intellectual freedom, religious freedom, America's promise of freedom." —Philadelphia Weekly.

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Performance Schedule

Previews on January 27th and 28th; all seats $15.
Opening Night: January 29 - wine and cheese reception before the show
Wednesday & Thursday at 7:30 pm
Friday & Saturday at 8:00 pm
Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm, followed by a talk back with the cast.

Full Calendar


DAMIAN BUZZERIO (Reb Saunders) Playhouse on Park: PROOF (Robert), CABARET (Herr Schultz). Regional Credits Elm Shakespeare: PERICLES (Antiochus/Bolt), JULIUS CAESAR (Cassius). Florida Studio Theatre: BOLEROS (Don Fermin).  Shakespeare Theater of NJ: ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN (Claudius), SHREW (Gremio/Vincentio). Des Moines Playhouse: RAINMAKER (File). Mill Mountain: MUCH ADO (Borachio), BIG RIVER (Pap Finn). Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival: TWELFTH NIGHT (Antonio), ROMEO & JULIET (Lord Montague), RICHARD III (Rivers). Northern Stage: LITTLE SHOP (Mushnik), CABARET (Herr Schultz). Weathervane Playhouse: NIGHT MUSIC (Fredrik). The Human Race: TEMPEST (Alonso). La Comedia: TITANIC (Ismay).  

DAVID GAUTSCHY (Reuven Malter) Playhouse on Park Debut! Off Broadway: Signature Theater Company/KOTA: A LITTLE PRINCESS. John Cullum Theatre: URINETOWN. Musicals Tonight!: PARDON MY ENGLISH. Regional: Shakespeare on the Sound: AS YOU LIKE IT. Denver Center Theater Company: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, MAD FOREST, A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Cortland Repertory Theatre: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE CASE OF THE JERSEY LILY. Roxy Regional Theater, TN: MEASURE FOR MEASURE. White Plains Performing Arts Center: THE 39 STEPS. Other Theater: THE TEMPEST, A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY, TWELFTH NIGHT, CLOUD 9, RAGTIME. Training: MFA, National Theater Conservatory.

DAN SHOR (David Malter) Playhouse Debut! Theatre: Pittsburgh Public, Guthrie, Mabou Mines, Old Globe, New Met, L.A. Theater Center, among others. Film: Darker Than Blue (2016), Tron: The Next Day, Tron, Red Rock West, Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure, Wise Blood, among others. TV: Blue Bloods. TV Series Regular: Cagney and Lacey, The Blue and The Gray (Peoples Choice Award for Best Mini-Series), State of Liberty (writer/director: Northern Mariana Islands), Screen Test (Reality TV Host, 3 seasons/Philippines.), among others.

JOSHUA WHITSON (Danny Saunders) Playhouse on Park Debut! Off-Broadway: TARTUFFE (Valere). AS YOU LIKE IT (Silvius). Regional: CHESS (Walter). AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Walter). PUMP UP THE VOLUME (Jason). Josh graduated from Michigan State University with a BFA in theatre this past spring and has since moved to NYC.

JORDAN WOLFE (Young Reuven Malter) Playhouse on Park Debut! New York/Off-Broadway: New York Classical Theatre: RICHARD III, LOVE’S LABORS LOST. Prospect Theatre Company: THE ALCHEMISTS. NYMF. MITF. The Here Theatre. Musicals Tonight!. John Houseman Theatre. Duke Theatre on 42nd. Regional: Gretna Theatre/Westchester Broadway Theatre: CAMELOT (Mordred). THE SECRET GARDEN (Dickon). SHE LOVES ME (Arpad). ALL SHOOK UP (Dean). DRACULA (World Premiere, Jonathan Harker). TV: LAW & ORDER: CI. Jordan is excited to be making his Playhouse on Park debut in this beautiful play.

DAWN LOVELAND (Director) Playhouse on Park directing credits: PROOF, OLEANNA, THE TRESTLE AT POPE LICK CREEK, RED LIGHT WINTER, THEATRE UNCUT.  Playhouse on Park Young Audience Series credits: BUSYTOWN, GOODNIGHT MOON, GO, DOG. GO!, HOMEROOM, IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE.  Playhouse on Park Staged Readings: DREAM HOUSE, THE CLOWNS.  Dawn is Playhouse on Park's Director of Education. She also works in the education department at Theatre Horizon in Norristown, PA, where she was recently the Assistant Director for BLACK NATIVITY. Her additional credits include directing, stage-managing, assisting directors, choreographing, and teaching.  Locations include Berkshire Theatre Festival, Surflight Theatre, Atlantic City's Tropicana Casino, Florida Studio Theatre, St. Michael’s Playhouse, Hebrew High School of New England, Kingswood Oxford School, The Bridge Family Center, and The Hartt School Community Division.  Dawn is a graduate of Middlebury College. Upcoming projects include directing MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING for The Masque at La Salle University.

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