2020 Arts & Ideas Patrons’ Event
Telling the Story of Tonight:
An Evening with Hamilton Stars

2020 Arts & Ideas Patrons’ Event
Telling the Story of Tonight:
An Evening with Hamilton Stars

October 15, 2020
7:30 PM

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The Bender JCC is thrilled to announce its 2020 Arts & Ideas Patrons’ Event
Telling the Story of Tonight: An Evening with Hamilton Stars
Thursday, October 15 | 7:30 PM

Be in the zoom where it happens. Do not throw away your shot to join current Hamilton actors, Julius Thomas III (Alexander Hamilton) and Darnell Abraham (George Washington), and West Coast director, Sherri Barber, for an unforgettable evening of theatrics, song, and storytelling. Believe us, you won’t want to be the one asking, “what’d I miss.”


Main Stage | 7:30 – 8:15 PM | $20

Go backstage with the cast and crew, get to know Julius, Darnell, & Sherri, hear behind the scenes stories & tidbits, and enjoy 2 musical performances.

Main Stage with “Party Like It’s 1776 Box” | 7:30 – 8:15 PM | $36

Upgrade your Main Stage ticket to include a “Party Like It’s 1776 Box”* with treats and favors.
Boxes can be picked up at the Bender JCC on October 13 & 14 from 2:00 – 6:00 PM.

Cast Party | 8:30 – 9:00 PM | $100

Includes all Main Stage items, a “Party Like It’s 1776 Box,”* live mixology demonstration of our themed cocktail by our friends at Botanero, behind the choreography with Jordana Grolnick, interactive trivia & games with the cast and crew, and of course a chance to schmooze with our guests of honor.

*Must be 21 or older to purchase the “Party Like It’s 1776 Box”. ID will be verified at pick-up or upon drop-off. “Party Like It’s 1776 Box” included with Cast Party tickets are eligible for delivery.  Deliveries are for Montgomery County zip codes only.

Please note: In order to fulfill “Party Like It’s 1776 Box” orders, registration closes firmly on Sunday, October 11 at 11:30 PM.

Your support allows us to continue providing excellent accessible programming and building community through the arts, especially now, when we need that connection more than ever.

Event Chair: Rachel Weinstein

Event Committee: Heidi Brodsky, Lauren Dworkin, Lisie Gottdenker, Wendy Revel, Nick & Jennifer Rosenberg, Ben Shlesinger, Dale Singer, Sharon Zissman

Food and Beverage Sponsor: Botanero Restaurant

The Zoom link for the event will be emailed to all registrants 24 hours before the program. Please check your email between 4:00 – 6:00 PM on Wednesday, October 14 to make sure you received your Zoom link.  If it’s not in your “inbox,” please check “junk” or “spam” folders. No confirmation? Please contact Marcie Blackman at mblackman@benderjccgw.org.




Currently playing George Washington in HAMILTON on the And Peggy Tour, Darnell’s professional performance background spans musical theater, soul music, R&B, and opera. As a result, he has been recognized by audiences and critics alike for his versatility in the theater and on the concert stage.

Darnell is a recipient of the Berkshire Theatre Critics Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical and an Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) nomination for Best Actor. Other honorable nominations include BroadwayWorld Regional Awards for Person to Watch, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actor in a Musical.

Select credits include: The Color Purple revival 1st National Broadway Tour (Adam and u/s Mister), Ragtime (Coalhouse), Next to Normal (Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden), and I Dream (MLK Jr.). In addition to his theatrical engagements, Darnell is a featured solo artist on Bandai Namco’s Tekken 7, which has sold over 5 million copies worldwide since its release. Moreover, he has collaborated with Grammy© and Emmy award-winning artists in the studio and on the concert stage.


Julius Thomas III is an NAACP Theatre Award-nominated actor from Gary, Indiana. He currently stars as Alexander Hamilton in the cultural phenomenon, Hamilton: The Musical. He is also one half of the critically acclaimed song duo, The Kings of Soul and Swing. Recently Julius starred as Berry Gordy in the box office hit, Motown The Musical. He spent many years working closely with Motown Founder Berry Gordy and was thrilled to re-record My Girl under the Motown label. You’ve also seen Julius on your TV. He’s appeared on Modern Family, Sesame Street, Odd Mom Out, The Capitol Fourth Celebration, and more. He is a featured vocalist on many recordings but is most proud of his original song of inspiration, I Am Here. Available on iTunes, with proceeds benefiting Broadway Cares, Equity Fights Aids.


Sherri Eden Barber is a New York based theatre director, Artistic Director of Ricochet Collective, and Resident Director of HAMILTON on the West Coast. Recent Directing Productions: To Let Go and Fall (Theater Latté Da), Tiny Beautiful Things with Nia Vardalos (Pasadena Playhouse), Esperanza Spalding’s Emily’s D+Evolution (Development on European Tour), Happily After Ever (Ricochet Collective – 59E59, Edinburgh Fringe), good Friday (The Flea Theater), Only You Can Prevent Wildfires (Ricochet Collective – Teatro Circulo), Gordy Crashes (Ricochet Collective – IRT), Mr. Landing Takes A Fall (The Flea), Herman Kline’s Midlife Crisis (The Beckett), 24 Hour Plays on Broadway with Pablo Schreiber, Laverne Cox, and Melanie Griffith (American Airlines Theatre), Monstrosity, Polaroid Stories, and BENT  (The New School for Drama), The Lightning Thief (Theatreworks USA),  Men On Boats (Yale Dramat). She has developed new work with Rattlestick, Orchard Project, The Flea, Culture Project, Chautauqua, and The Old Vic. Formerly, Sherri was the Program Director for the Drama League, the Head of MFA Admissions at The New School for Performing Arts and Core Company Director at The Orchard Project.

Recent Associate Directing credits include Tiny Beautiful Things (The Public Theatre), Daphne’s Dive (Signature Theatre), Faust: The Concert with Randy Newman (Encores! New York City Center), Family Furniture with Thomas Kail (The Flea), SWEAT (Broadway, Studio 54) with Kate Whoriskey, and The Girl from the North Country (The Public) with Conor McPherson. Sherri was Kathy Najimy’s AD for both of Glamour Magazine’s These Girls events featuring Rashida Jones, Olivia Wilde, Ari Graynor, Zosia Mamet, Amy Schumer and Amy Poehler among others, at Joe’s Pub, NYC.

Sherri is a recipient of The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Directors Fellowship, a Drama League Directing Fellow, and recipient of the US/UK Exchange Award.

The Bender JCC of Greater Washington is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County Government and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County.