Celebrating Jews of Color
The Mizel Arts and Culture Center’s Neustadt JAAMM Series presents, The Braid “True Colors” October 25 at the Elaine Wolf Theatre.
True Colors is a salon theatre show in which Jews of Color share true stories about their yearning for belonging and the rich and complicated question that is identity. While all people face challenges and struggles, Jews of Color have many touching and unique stories to tell about resilience, self-respect, and celebrating the many colors and voices in our community.
The stories in True Colors, ostensibly about Jews who feel “different,” actually remind us how very much alike we are. In True Colors, audiences will meet unforgettable characters who tell personal stories about how they see themselves and how others see them. Ironically, while many American Jews can reach consensus about a commitment to social justice for others, they do not always embrace diversity in their own community. The enlightening show will explore the impact of living as Jews of Color when inclusion and equity are not always practiced in the Jewish community.
“We are proud to spotlight the experiences of Jews of Color.” said Ronda Spinak, The Braid’s Artistic Director. “These are poignant and moving stories of questioning, of feeling like the outsider, of committing to Judaism…quintessential and universal Jewish stories!”
In True Colors, audiences will hear the story of a daughter of a Jewish mother and a Black/Chinese father and how she was taught to embrace her diversity, and have confidence that the world would embrace it as well. They will hear about a woman torn between her Jewish heritage and her Latin one, struggling to find her place in either culture. And they’ll learn of an African American man whose Jewishness confuses himself and others.
True Colors was created and produced by The Braid (formerly Jewish Women’s Theatre) as part of its Salon Theatre season in May 2019 with material curated and adapted by Ronda Spinak, directed by Susan Morgenstern and co-produced by Eric Greene. For more information and tickets for our upcoming show, visit jccdenver.org/jaamm.