The Ministry of Special Cases

By Pulitzer-Prize nominated author Nathan Englander


2014-2015 Season
November 2-4, 2014

Echoes Cabaret
January 25-27, 2015

World Premiere Production
March 14 – April 11, 2015

Milagro Theatre
March 14-April 11, 2015

Sacha Reich

Adapted By:
Sacha Reich and Jamie M. Rea

Bobby Bermea, Jason Glick, Brian Demar Jones, Michael C Jordan, Mark Loring, Crystal Muñoz, Jamie M Rea, Wendy Wilcox and Jim Vadala

Henk Pander, Chris Beatty, Gideon Freudmann, Elizabeth Huffman, Kate Mura and Carl Faber

JTC Artists:

Jewish Theatre Collaborative artists for 'The Ministry of Special Cases' P2S Season featured some of Portland's greatest talent: Jason Glick, Sara Fay Goldman, Brian Demar Jones, Mark Loring, Crystal Munoz, Jamie M. Rea, Sacha Reich, Jim Vadala, Wendy Wilcox, Bobby Bermea and Michael Jordan. Core company members participate in all facets of the creative process – adaptation, direction and performance.

Buenos Aires, Argentina 1976.

Kaddish, who defaces graves for a living, and his insurance clerk wife, Lillian, strive against the forces of inflation and political insecurity to provide a normal life for their obstinate teenage son. When the 'Dirty War' infiltrates their home, Kaddish and Lillian are forced into a search that will challenge their faith, their sanity, and their very union.

About the Novel and Author


Performance Archive


Ministry of Special Cases
A Pigeon & A Boy
Loman Family Picnic
Charlotte Salomon's Life? or Theater?

Touring Shows
Naftali, Story Voyager on the Yiddish Seas
Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Well-Being: The Story of Lillian Wald
The Power of Light

Page to Stage
Taster's Choice: Fertile Ground 2013
My Father's Paradise: Chapter 1
Happy Hour with Sholom Aleichem 2009
Happy Hour with Sholom Aleichem 2010
People Should Not be Afraid of their Children: Grace Paley & Etgar Keret Shorts
Don't Mess with Savta: David Ehrlich Shorts
PJ Library Hanukah Storytimes
Staged reading of IB Singer Hanukkah stories

Academic Collaborations
Cafe Baghdad
Israel Onstage 2010
Israel Onstage 2009
Roman Berman: Massage Therapist
Israel at 60 Onstage!

Satellite Programming
In Darfur Reading
Pretty Brown Eyes Reading
"The Destruction of a People and Its Culture" Lecture by Natan Meir
Exile, Emigration and Displacement Photo Montage & Poetry Exhibit by Friderike Heuer
Grotest Maru