Old World Theatre

The OWTC is an actor focused theatre company where the artistic concentration is on the playwrights, the plays, and the characters. As the stories come to life, the audience and artists join together in an exploration and celebration of community, history, and life.

The Old World Theatre Company is completely composed of alumni from the University of Illinois at Chicago. They are the in-house acting troupe of Congregation Kol Emeth.

It started out as a couple of staged readings for Congregation Kol Emeth in 2009. It was a chance to celebrate the 150th birthday of famed Jewish author Sholem Aleichem. Bill Raffeld, congregation member and Artistic Director of what is now the OWTC, was asked to head the reading as an experienced director and actor, as well as a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Naturally Raffeld looked to actors he had worked with in the past -- his former students! 

An Evening with Sholem Aleichem was so well received that the artists began to think, "What if we could continue doing this?" 
Two more productions followed and led to the official creation of Congregation Kol Emeth's in-house acting troupe: the Old World Theatre Company.

Join us their eighth season as the OWTCcontinues their work,along with the audience, to explore and celebrate community, history, and life!

The annual Meet and Greet will be on September 12th at 7:30 PM.  Click here to see the flier for this event. Please join us and see just how wonderful this season is going to be.

Click here to go to the new website for OWTC

Join us on September 12th for the annual Meet and Greet.


Season 8

2017 - 2018 OWTC Schedule

The Diary of Anne Frank

November 11, 12, 18,19

G-ds Favorite

February 3, 4, 10, 11

Broadcasts that Changed the World

Sorry Wrong Number and

The War of the Worlds

March 17, 18, 24, 25

As Time Goes By: An Old World Cabaret

April 21, 22

Saturdays and weeknights at 8:00 and Sundays at 2:30.




Upcoming Services

Shabbat Morning Services
9:30 AM 7/4/20
Congregation Kol Emeth Sanctuary
Sunday Morning Minyan
9:15 AM 7/5/20
Shabbat Evening Services
8:00 PM 7/10/20
Shabbat Morning Services
9:30 AM 7/11/20
Congregation Kol Emeth Sanctuary
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Upcoming Events

Ice Cream Social
2:00 PM 7/12/20
Sisterhood Meeting
1:30 PM 7/14/20
Board Meeting
7:30 PM 7/16/20
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