Join You're Being Ridiculous on Sunday, June 23 at Bella Via Ristorante in Highland Park to benefit Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation! The evening will feature stories from a mix of talented (and BRAVE) members of Kol Hadash AND a few storytelling super talents from Chicago. You're Being Ridiculous is excited to feature Eva Friedman at this special performance ... learn a little about Eva here and get your tickets!
Eva Friedman grew up at Kol Hadash, so her mother probably already told you about everything that's listed in her bio, but in case she didn't, here it is: Eva is a Chicago-based playwright, director, actor, educator, poet, and storyteller. Most recently, she made her Chicago debut as a playwright and director at the 2019 Rhinoceros Theatre Festival (produced by Prop Thtr & Curious Theatre Branch) with her latest play, Perennials. She is a proud alumna of Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where she directed four of her own plays with Silver Masque Theatre Company, as well as assistant directing productions with the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Eva is also a teaching artist with Lifeline Theatre, the current artistic intern at A Red Orchid Theatre, and a Poetry Ambassador with the Poetry Foundation (because who needs sleep, really). All of her plays are available for download on National New Play Network's New Play Exchange. evafriedman.com.
What's your favorite memory about Kol Hadash?
My favorite memory from Kol Hadash is a memory within a memory (INCEPTION MEMORY). I reunited with my old friends from Sunday School at the High Holidays this year after we had all been away at college the past several years. We were the last ones to leave that night because we were laughing so hard about all our memories from Sunday School, including (here comes Memory #2) making "immigrant dolls" in my dad's 4th-5th grade Sunday School class during our unit on Ellis Island. I named mine Hannah because I had zero imagination, and my friends, Cassidy and Alexa, named theirs Zack and Cody (after the hit Disney Channel show, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody starring Dylan and Cole Sprouse) and I, being the rigid, uptight child I was, got LEGITIMATELY ANGRY with them because I thought, and I quote, "those weren't Jewish immigrant names."