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An Afternoon with Naomi Newman and Characters She Has Created

  • Jewish Community Library 1835 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94115 (map)

Free program with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets. 

Acclaimed Bay Area actress Naomi Newman performs monologues featuring characters that have populated her stage work over the decades. They include Rifka, an Eastern European Jewish mother, and The Hag, a wise old street crone, both from the play Snake Talk: Urgent Messages from the Mother. She’ll also discuss her career and answer questions from the audience.

Naomi Newman co-founded A Traveling Jewish Theatre, where she worked as playwright, director, and actress for thirty-four years, winning awards in each field. Previously, she sang on the concert-stage, acted in television and had a psychotherapy practice. For her contributions to cultural life in the Bay Area, she has received a Tikkun Award, Mill Valley Creative Achievement Award, and Theatre Bay Area’s Community Leadership Award. A book containing an oral history of her life and career is part of the Legacy Oral History Collection of the San Francisco Museum of Performance + Design.