Blog of the Barshop JCC

Tickets on Sale for 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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The Vex’s next production, Peter and the Starcatcher, promises to be an exhilarating, imaginative, pageant of linguistic turns for adults of all ages.

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'Peter and the Starcatcher' at The Vex

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, March 13, 2017 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Have you ever wondered how Peter Pan became “the boy who refused to grow up”, or what caused Captain Hook to have such vengeance for his nemesis? Peter and the Starcatcher, a play by Rick Elice with music (it’s not a musical) by Wayne Barker, which opens at The Vex May 4, answers all of this and more.

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The Vex presents 'North Shore Fish'

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 10:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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There’s something Fish-y on stage this month at The Sheldon Vexler Theatre. Israel Horovitz’s comedic drama, North Shore Fish, is a “blue collar elegy, a tough, funny and eventually poignant look at the expendability of people when their jobs - and lives - become obsolete” (Associated Press, 1987).

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'North Shore Fish' Up Next at The Vex

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 9:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Tickets are now on sale for the Sheldon Vexler Theatre’s production of North Shore Fish, written by Israel Horovitz, on stage Feb. 2-26.

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Newly Revised 'Anne Frank' Comes to Vex This Month!

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Next at The Sheldon Vexler Theatre is The Diary of Anne Frank, on stage October 20 through November 13.

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The Vex to present The Diary of Anne Frank

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Monday, September 19, 2016 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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In the tradition of revisiting productions from earlier seasons, the Sheldon Vexler Theatre will present The Diary of Anne Frank, originally produced at The Vex thirteen years ago. It will be directed by Vex veteran and former JCC employee Eva Laporte.

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Larry Shue’s Comedy, The Foreigner, Kicks Off Vex 18th Season

Allison Cornwell, Marketing Co-Director on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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The Vex will celebrate its Chai – or 18th – season this year, and to kick things off, the team is producing a comedy that will have audiences laughing from “start to finish” (The New Yorker).

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A Linda Kaufman Original Musical, Senior Moments, to Debut at the Campus

Allison Cornwell, Marketing & Sales Coordinator on Monday, June 20, 2016 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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If once a month, you see a huge number of cars parked in front of Al and Linda Kaufman’s house in Hunters Creek North, you can bet there’s an evening of theatre, wine, and nibbles underway. 

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Sheldon Vexler Theatre Enters Chai Season

Allison Cornwell, Marketing & Sales Coordinator on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Hold on to your hats - The Vex is celebrating its Chai – or eighteenth – season with four Vex-tastic shows*!

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ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS - Coming Soon to The Vex!

Allison Cornwell, Marketing & Sales Coordinator on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 12:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Recently, Vex Artistic Director Ken Frazier sat down with Production Manager Dylan Brainard to discuss the final show of the 17th Season, Richard Bean's hilarious award-winning play, One Man, Two Guvnors.

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Vex Honored with Ten ATAC Awards

Allison Cornwell, Marketing & Sales Coordinator on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 12:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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On Sunday, October 25, The Sheldon Vexler Theatre’s four productions from the 2014-15 season – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Trojan Women, Talley’s Folly, and Rumors – received a total of ten Alamo Theatre Arts Council (ATAC) awards for excellence. 

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A Tour of Theaters - First Stop: The Vex!

Christie Beckham, Guest Blogger on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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I settled in the San Antonio area about eight years ago, after working in regional theater and film; on tour and in New York, Dallas and Chicago. Coming from a larger arts community like Dallas, San Antonio was a culture shock. I wasn’t so sure about the River City and its potential for providing me with a creative outlet.

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And Yet, I Act

Brandi Hollsten, Guest Blogger on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 4:00:00 pm in Arts & Culture 
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Some guy once said to me “If you have a passion for anything other than acting, choose that instead.” As an Aries, I feel it’s my duty – nay, my responsibility – NAY, MY DESTINY – to challenge Mr. Passion-Quote-Man and his statement.

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Poise in the Face of Adversity: What Our Troops Can Teach Us About Spotty WiFi, Starbucks Lines, and Bad Drivers

Mark Lee Greenblatt, Guest Blogger on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 12:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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This post is featured on Mark Lee Greenblatt's website and is used here with his permission.

As we approach Veterans Day, our thoughts naturally turn to the men and women who have served our country and their sacrifices on our behalf. This year, let’s take it one step farther and contemplate what we civilians can learn from the experiences of our military men and women.

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The JCC & The Vex: The Perfect Pair as an Actor Prepares

Kathy Becker, Guest Blogger on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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My family and I moved here from Pennsylvania in August and even before we arrived, we had researched the JCC online. The tour of the facility we took on our very first day in San Antonio included a stop at The Vex, where I chatted with Ken Frazier and Dylan Brainard while my kids played on the set of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. 

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Choosing Movies at the J

Wendy Barker, Guest Blogger on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Once again, we're upstairs at the "J," in the JCC's Conference Room. There's just enough light coming from the hallway and the flat screen before us that I can make out the faces in profile of the other members of the Film Festival Committee. It's not just seeing two movies a week from the end of June till mid-October that makes me smile—it's the chance to spend time with a group of congenial grown-ups kibbutzing a few minutes before we start the movie of the day, and then, best of all, to join in the lively discussions that follow.

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The New Diaspora

Victoria Aarons, Guest Blogger on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction represents the best in American Jewish writing over the past fifty years. From the post-World War II writers to the present, this anthology of diverse and lively fiction reveals the changing landscape of American Jewish thought and suggests the evolving responses to Jewish identity in America. 

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Local Actor Feels at Home on Vex Stage

Scott Leibowitz, Guest Blogger on Friday, January 2, 2015 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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I’ve been acting, on and off, for a bit over 40 years now, in school and at several San Antonio theaters.  The stage has always been a second home, a place I’m compelled to return to now and again to keep me grounded. I first auditioned for a show at The Vex back in 2002. 

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Is Richard Strauss Treyf?

Steven G. Kellman, Ph.D. on Monday, December 29, 2014 at 8:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Was Richard Strauss an anti-Semite? Is Strauss’s music anti-Semitic? Should the personal flaws of an artist affect our experience of the art?  These are some of the questions that Maxine Cohen, David Gross, and I will confront in a public discussion at the JCC on January 4 as part of the San Antonio Symphony 2015 Strauss Festival. 

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CHORUS - The Trojan Women

Rose Cohen-Brown, Guest Blogger from The Vex on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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I have participated in numerous theatre productions over the decades, both on stage and behind the scenes. Each is unique and from each there is always something to learn. The Sheldon Vexler Theatre has some of the best community theatre productions I have seen – and I have seen theatre in many parts of the U.S. and performed in Minnesota and New York, as well as San Antonio and its surroundings. For The Trojan Women, I would like to talk about the Chorus.

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Laughter is Good for the Heart!

Aliyah Kuchinsky, Director of Arts & Culture on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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You know your JCC promotes ‘wellness.’ Your membership provides you access to a fitness center full of new equipment, over 40 group exercise classes, a 25-meter 8-lane heated outdoor pool, 7 lighted hard-court tennis courts, 2 full-court gymnasiums, and more!

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When the Director Becomes the Actor

Ken Frazier, Vex Artistic Director on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 9:00:00 am in Arts & Culture 
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Over the years many people have asked me “When are you going to get on stage?”. These questions have come both from our theatre community of actors and technicians, and from Vex audience members. One of the reasons I wanted to follow through with taking on a role was to remind myself what actors experience when getting a production ready. 

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