Apr 20 - May 26 , 2018

The Immigrant

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1909. A young Russian Jew immigrates to America and winds up in small-town Texas. Then what?

Come experience this OVATION RECOMMENDED, riveting true story based on the author's grandfather in a powerful and timely production at Sierra Madre Playhouse. Directed by Simon Levy (producing director of The Fountain Theater and its current hit, The Chosen), THE IMMIGRANT is a touching meditation on parents and children, newcomers and natives, Christians and Jews, and on what it means to be an American.

"Levy...reminds us where we come from and helps realign the word 'immigrant' from 'border walls and detention centers' to 'the idealism of what this country stands for.'" Daryl H. Miller, Los Angeles Times

"Touching and intimate, yet without ignoring the tensions of any such tale, it will make one step back and think about what being an immigrant, and particularly a refugee, really means, and why the U.S. has been rightly seen as a place to begin again." ---Frances Baum Nicholson, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

"Don't miss this extraordinary look at a family's journey from hardship to living the American dream, through both heartbreak and wonder." ---Shari Barrett, BroadwayWorld

About Simon Levy

SIMON LEVY has been the Producing Director of the Fountain Theatre since 1993. The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle honored him with the Milton Katselas Award for Lifetime Achievement in Directing; and he has been nominated for the Zelda Fichandler Award in Directing. His current production at the Fountain Theatre is Chaim Potok’s The Chosen, which has been extended until May 2018 and is Critic’s Choice in the Los Angeles Times.

In 2016 he directed the critically-acclaimed West Coast premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll. Other critical successes for the Fountain include: the West Coast premieres of The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek and Reborning in 2015; The Normal Heart in 2013/2014; the world premiere deaf/hearing production of Cyrano in 2012; Tennessee Williams’ rarely-produced A House Not Meant to Stand in 2011; the L.A. premiere of Opus by Michael Hollinger in 2010; and the West Coast premiere of Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51 in 2009 - all of which received numerous awards and nominations and Critic’s Choices. He has directed over 80 productions (20 for the Fountain) that have won hundreds of awards. His stage adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (Finalist for the PEN Literary Award in Drama) inaugurated the new Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, was subsequently produced at Seattle Repertory Theatre, and is being produced widely across North America and internationally. It is the only stage adaptation authorized by the Fitzgerald Estate, and is published by Dramatists Play Service, along with his adaptations of Tender is the Night (winner of the PEN Literary Award in Drama) and The Last Tycoon. Prior to coming to Los Angeles he lived in San Francisco where he was the General Manager of Beach Blanket Babylon, Artistic Director of The One Act Theatre Company, and Executive Director of Theatre Bay Area. He belongs to many theatre, human rights, and political advocacy groups. www.simonlevy.com
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Photo Credit: Gina Long

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Past Events

FREE-Sunday, May 6, 2018: Following the matinee of The Immigrant at Sierra Madre Playhouse, playwright Mark Harelik will talk about the play and the actual family story that inspired it. Director Simon Levy and cast members will join in the discussion.

Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.:
  A concert by the band Mostly Kosher. They have performed widely at local venues including Disney California Adventure. Mostly Kosher fuses Klezmer with jazz, Latin, rock, hip-hop, and folk. The Mostly Kosher concert takes place at Sierra Madre Playhouse, 87 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, CA 91024. Tickets for the Mostly Kosher concert are $20. 

FREE-Sunday, April 29, 2018: 
 Following the 2:30 matinee performance of The Immigrant, join us for a panel discussion about immigration, moderated by Ahilan Arulanatham, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and Director of Advocacy at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California. Other panelists include: Luis Nolasco, a Community Engagement and Policy Advocate and Andres Kwon, an Equal Justice Works Emerson Fellow.

FREE- Friday, April 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.:
 Chili and Challah (Matzoh) A Klezmer/ TexMex Listening Party - Vroman’s Bookstore at Hastings Ranch, 3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107 (Note: this is NOT the original Vroman’s on Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena). Bonus: Those attending this event will receive a certificate entitling them to purchase up to four discounted tickets at $5 off regular prices in a single purchase. This offer may be applied to any performance between April 29 and May 25 but must be reserved by April 18.

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Cast Members
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Sigi Gradwohl

Stuart W. Howard*

Kaye Kittrell*

Adam Lebowitz-Lockard*


Written by

Mark Harelik

Directed by

Simon Levy

Scenic and Projection Designer

Matthew G Hill

Costume Design

Shon LeBlanc

Lighting Design

Derek Jones

Sound Design

Peter Bayne

Prop Design

Terri Roberts

Production Stage Manager

Jen Palumbo*

Stage Manager

Mara Aguilar

Dialect Coach

Deborah Ross Sullivan

Yiddish Coaching

Rob Adler-Peckerar


Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

Produced By

Christian Lebano


Estelle Campbell


Arts for LA LA country arts commission Pasadena Tournament of Roses Sierra Madre Community Foundation The Spero Foundation