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SpeakeasyDC and Sixth and I present our 5th Annual Hannukkah night of funny, poignant, powerful, and peculiar autobiographical stories about all things Jewish, not-so-Jewish, and wanna-be Jewish. Hear true stories abuot mikvehs, youth groups, orthodoxy, and more by these storytellers:
PJ Andrews – government cubicle dweller and youth leader
Sara Armour - a stand-up comedian, improviser, and storyteller
Daren Firestone - New York actor turned Washington lawyer and new dad
Emily Pearl Goodstein – a reproductive justice activist and birth story photographer
Matty Litwack – a stand-up comedian and co-creator of Blorp comedy shows
Neda Ulaby – NPR reporter covering arts and culture
Hosted by Amy Saidman, SpeakeasyDC’s artistic executive director.
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Amy Saidman is known best for her victories at Purim festivals far and wide, claiming the coveted goldfish-in-a-bag prize many times. Her favorite Hebrew school song is Wherever you go, there’s always someone Jewish and believes JDate.com is a scam. When not watching Fiddler on the Roof, she spends her time as Artistic Executive Director of SpeakeasyDC, which is how she weaseled into this show.
PJ Andrews has been living in Washington, DC for the better part of the last decade. He spends his weekdays in a cubicle working for the government and his weekends working with 11 year olds to develop their sense of purpose and commitment to building a better world (mainly by dominating them on the basketball court). He is a novice storyteller, loves Speakeasy DC, and is very happy to be in this show.
Sara Armour is a stand-up comic, improviser, and storyteller. She is this year’s runner-up in the Washington City Paper’s Readers Poll for Best Comedian in DC (2013). Sara has been called “brilliant” and “one of the scene’s brightest stars” by the Washington Post and “the Beyonce of stand-up comedy” by her Mother. When she’s is not writing or performing she is a life & creativity coach with Accomplishment Coaching and Marketing Director of MRB Films.
Daren Firestone is a New York actor turned Washington lawyer. He has appeared off-off-Broadway, in national commercials, and at the White House (helping to reform the confirmations process). Daren can be found in the motion picture ”Scenes From a Mall” (as Woody Allen and Bette Midler’s son) and also in the law offices of Stein Mitchell Muse & Cipollone. As the father of 4-year-old Sasha and 3-month-old Aiden, he writes stories during the only free time he has: on the treadmill at the gym.
Emily Pearl Goodstein is a sweatpants enthusiast, reproductive justice activist, birth story photographer, and rabble-rouser living in Washington, DC. She is addicted to refined sugar and loves oversharing on the internet.
Matty Litwack is a young DC comedian with an intelligent and silly brand of comedy. Matty has worked at clubs such as the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse and DC Improv, and in 2011 he was a semi-finalist in the TBS/Rooftop National College Comedy Competition
Neda Ulaby was born in Amman, Jordan, grew up in the Midwest and now splits her time between DC and Los Angeles. After a youthful flirtation with vegan faux-leather clothing, she is still occasionally referred to by her friends as “the Jew Arab in the plastic pants.” Photo credit: Doby Photography/NPR
WhereSixth & I Historic Synagogue 600 I St, NW Washington, DC