Welcome to Theatre Kavanah’s 5th season!

Photo of boys in Little Jerusalem, ca. 1900'sREVEAL

Little Jerusalem
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington

Theatre Kavanah partners with Vermont PBS to screen this 2014 documentary about Burlington’s bustling Jewish community in the late 19th and early 20th century. We will be joined for a Q&A session by director Dorothy Dickie and local historians Jeff Potash and Aaron Goldberg, the driving forces behind the conservation of the Lost Shul Mural.


Raise the Roof
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Main Street Landing Film House, Burlington

Over the course of 10 years, artists Laura and Rick Brown set out to reconstruct a lost synagogue, recreating the structure and artwork of the shul (synagogue) of Gwozdziec, Poland. This massive undertaking is documented in “Raise the Roof,” a breathtaking film by Yari and Cary Wolinsky. The film provides context for Burlington’s own Lost Shul Mural and sheds light on a culture and artistic tradition that disappeared with the Holocaust. Filmmakers Yari and Cary Wolinsky will join us for a Q&A session following the screening.


Of the Better Kind by Joy Cohen, a staged reading.
Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21, 2017
Main Street Landing Black Box Theater, Burlington

Theatre Kavanah presents the premiere of a new work by playwright Joy Cohen. The day before his new work is unveiled, artist Ben Zion Black struggles to put the finishing touches on the interior mural for the Chai Adam Synagogue in Burlington, VT. The small, tightly woven Jewish community is aflutter as rumors abound, preparations are made, and nerves are frayed. What will the mural really reveal when it is finally revealed? Join us for a multi-sensory evening with food, music, and this captivating story that brings to life a thriving and complicated Jewish world. Music by Brian Perkins.