HANDLE WITH CARE: Resources for the press

By Jason Odell Williams, with Hebrew by Charlotte Cohn.
Directed by Kit Wilder.

Show times: Nov. 19-Dec. 20, 2015
Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. Sun. at 2 p.m.
(No shows on Nov. 22 and Nov. 26.)
One Wed. show: Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m.
By popular demand, we’ve added a Saturday matinee: Dec. 19 at 3 p.m.

Download high-res publicity photos. Scroll to the bottom of the page for info on past shows.

Josh (Max Tachis) and Ayelet (Roneet Aliza Rahamim) find rapport over grape juice. Susan Mah Photography.

The New York Times calls the bilingual romantic comedy ‘hilarious and heartwarming’

SAN JOSE, CA (Oct. 20, 2015) – On Christmas Eve, in a motel room in Virginia, a young Israeli woman with little command of English and a young American man with little command of romance are brought together under bizarre circumstances. Is it chance or destiny? Or the perfect Jewish Christmas story?

City Lights Theater Company always makes unusual choices for holiday shows, and Jason Odell Williams’ Handle With Care is no exception. A bilingual romantic comedy called “hilarious and heartwarming” by the New York Times, the play incorporates plenty of Hebrew written by Charlotte Cohn. (Don’t worry. The meaning is always clear.)

Directed by Kit Wilder, the play runs Nov. 19 through Dec. 20 at City Lights, 529 S. Second St., San Jose. For details and tickets, go to cltc.org or call 408-295-4200.

Handle With Care ran for 112 performances Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre in 2013-14, earning a New York Times Critics’ Pick. Besides starring Cohn as the young Israeli woman Ayelet, the production also featured Carol Lawrence (the original Maria in West Side Story) as Edna, Ayelet’s grandmother. The play has had several regional and international productions and was recently optioned for a film.

Jason Odell Williams is an Emmy Award-nominated writer and producer who often collaborates with his wife Cohn, a writer, producer and opera singer. The play Someone Else, which the two wrote together, will have its world premiere next month at the North Carolina Stage Company, starring Cohn. Odell Williams has also produced and developed several series for television, and recently completed a three-season run as a writer and producer of Brain Games on the National Geographic Channel.

For this production, City Lights is partnering with the Addison-Penzak JCC of Silicon Valley. On Dec. 10, the JCC and City Lights will hold a Chanukah candle-lighting on stage before the show.

Kit Wilder (Director) is City Lights’ associate artistic director and the co-author (with Jeffrey Bracco) of the play Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War, which had its world premiere at City Lights in 2014. Wilder has trained in London with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has appeared in many Bay Area and regional theater productions as well as ads and films, and has taught master classes in acting, stage combat, Shakespeare, and musical theater.

Cast: Roneet Aliza Rahamim (Ayelet), Roberta J. Morris (Edna), Max Tachis (Josh), and Jeremy Ryan (Terrence).

Designers: Ron Gasparinetti (Scenic), Jane Lambert (Costumes), Nick Kumamoto (Lighting), George Psarras (Sound Design), RuthE Stein (Props).

Sponsors and Supporters: These include Silicon Valley Creates, Applied Materials Foundation, the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and many other individuals, corporations, and foundations.

City Lights’ season continues in January with the quirky comedy Tigers Be Still by Kim Rosenstock. The classic drama The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance opens next spring, with Lauren Gunderson’s dark comedy I and You afterward. The rock musical Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT rounds out the season next summer.


WHAT: On Christmas Eve, a young Israeli woman with little command of English and a young American man with little command of romance are brought together under bizarre circumstances. Is it chance or destiny? Or the perfect Jewish Christmas story?

Nov. 19-Dec. 20, 2015
Pay What You Can Night: Thursday, Nov. 19, 8 p.m.
$17 Preview Night: Friday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m.
Opening Night: Saturday, Nov. 21, 8 p.m.
Showtimes: Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. No shows on Nov. 22 or 26. One 7:30 p.m. Wednesday performance, on Dec. 16. Please note that the Dec. 4 and 12 performances have sold out for private parties.

City Lights Theater Company, 529 S. Second St., San Jose, CA 95112

Regular tickets are $17-$32; discounts for seniors, students/educators, and groups (10+). (There is a $2 surcharge for phone and in-person purchases.) Opening night is $35 general, $30 for seniors, and $19 for students/educators. Tickets for closing weekend are increased by $2.

For tickets or more information, go to cltc.org or call 408-295-4200. The theater is wheelchair-accessible.

For press passes or more information, contact City Lights marketing director Rebecca Wallace at rebecca@cltc.org or 408-295-4200. Downloadable high-res photos are at bit.ly/handlewithcarephotos (click on the “i” for caption info).

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