Penguin Rep’s new season starts Friday with new play “Trayf”

Penguin Rep Theatre in Stony Point opens its 40th season with “Trayf,” a new play by Lindsay Joelle.

Directed by Benjamin Kamine, Trayf tells the story of Zalmy, a member of Chabad, an Orthodox Jewish movement, who lives a double life: By day, he drives a “Mitzvah Tank” with his best friend Shmuel; by night, he leaves his orthodox community to roller skate and listen to rock and roll music. (“Trayf,” pronounced trāf, is the Yiddish word for “non-kosher,” or forbidden).

“Overflowing with humor and heart,” says Joe Brancato longtime artistic director of the theater. “Trayf asks how hard you have to believe to belong.”

The limited engagement of Trayf runs from Friday, May 19 through Sunday, June 11 at Penguin Rep Theatre in historic Stony Point (Rockland County), New York. Official opening is Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m.

Craig De Lorenzo, Jason Liebman, Brendan Titley, and Liba Vaynberg are featured in the cast. The production has scenic design by Brian Prather, costume design by Lux Haac, lighting design by Christina Watanabe, sound design by William Neal, with casting by Cindi Rush.

Performance days and times are: Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m.Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., with matinees on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. There is also a special weekday matinee on Friday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m.

Penguin’s intimate, 108-seat theatre, which is located at 7 Crickettown Road, is converted from an 1880s hay barn, and offers air-conditioning, wheelchair accessible entrance, rest rooms and seating, and plenty of free parking. Tickets to Trayf are priced at $44 (including facility fee and service charge). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more and young people (30 and under).

Season subscriptions are on sale now and start as low as $116 for the four plays. To order tickets or for further information, visit Penguin Rep’s website at www.penguinrep.org or call 845-786-2873.