The J presents ‘Jewish James Bond’ author


The White Theatre presents riveting off-Broadway show “Wiesenthal” for limited engagement;

[/media-credit] TOM DUGAN (Simon Wiesenthal /Playwright) Having been nominated for the New York Drama Desk Award, NY Outer Critics Circle Award, United Solo Award, Los Angeles Ovation Award and winning the LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Wiesenthal, Tom is excited to embark on the national tour of his celebrated play. The list of Mr. Dugan’s other critically acclaimed solo plays include Oscar To Oscar, Lee At Appomattox, Frederick Douglass In The Shadow Of Slavery, The Ghosts Of Mary Lincoln, and Jackie Unveiled (The Jacqueline Kennedy story), starring Saffron Burrows – premiering in 2018 at The Wallis Annenberg Performing Art Center in Beverly Hills. Mr. Dugan’s TV and film credits include: Bones, Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Practice, Just Shoot Me, Kindergarten Cop, Dave, and his two personal favorites Hellraiser IV, and Leprechaun III. Wiesenthal was featured last fall on PBS’s Theatre Close Up hosted by Blythe Danner.

  His name has become synonymous with good triumphing over evil.

Simon Wiesenthal, known as the “Jewish James Bond,” devoted his life to hunting down more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals and bringing them to justice.

Now his story, WIESENTHAL, comes to Kansas City for a limited three-performance engagement at The Lewis and Shirley White Theatre of the Jewish Community Center (The J) on Wednesday and Thursday, April 11 and 12 and Saturday, April 14. Curtain time for all performances is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at or by calling The White Theatre Box Office at (913) 327-8054. (Note: A special school performance will take place Friday, April 13 at 9 a.m.)

WIESENTHAL is a one-man show written and performed by Tom Dugan. The production ran off-Broadway and completed its national tour late last year. The White Theatre is bringing the show to Kansas City, by special arrangement, to coincide with Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day – commemorating the Six Million Jews whose lives were lost during the Holocaust. Yom HaShoah begins at sundown Wednesday, April 11. Following each performance of WIESENTHAL there will be a talkback session with Dugan and an educator from the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education.

Wiesenthal was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things. Filled with hope, humanity and humor, WIESENTHAL the play tells the riveting story of this man who was intelligent, funny, flawed and noble. Wiesenthal’s fierce dedication and tenacity over decades is honored in the play, which gives equal weight to his wisdom and wit during his long, purposeful life. Ultimately, he established The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a global human rights organization focused on researching the Holocaust and hate in a historic and contemporary context. The Simon Wiesenthal Center confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations.

Dugan’s WIESENTHAL production won the prestigious LA Drama Critics Circle Award and was nominated for other honors including the Lost Angeles Ovation Award, the New York Drama Desk Award, the NY Outer Critics Circle Award and the United Solo Award. WIESENTHAL was featured last fall on PBS’s Theatre Close Up hosted by Blythe Danner. In addition to WIESENTHAL, Dugan has performed in both film and television and his credits include: Bones, Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Practice, Just Shoot Me, Kindergarten Cop and Dave.

Tickets for WIESENTHAL are $25 for the general public, $18 for J members and $16 for students. Group discounts are also available, and there is special pricing for the morning school performance on Wednesday, March 21. For tickets and reservations for all shows, please contact the White Theatre Box Office at The J at (913) 327-8054, email, purchase your tickets online at, or visit the box office in person from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays or one and a half hours prior to performance.

The White Theatre is located in the Jewish Community Campus, 5801 W. 115th St., in Overland Park, Kansas.

 About the Lewis & Shirley White Theatre

 The non-profit Lewis & Shirley White Theatre, built in 2005, is a 500-seat, state-of-the-art facility, featuring the latest amenities in terms of seating, sound and lighting technology, and regularly hosts a mix of top talent from the region and around the world.  Called “the best kept secret” in Kansas City’s theatre scene, The White Theatre’s mission is to provide enriching, thought-provoking entertainment that builds on Jewish cultural values, enhancing wellness, meaning and joy for people of all cultural backgrounds.

 About “The J”

Established more than 100 years ago, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City—The J, provides a warm welcome to families of all backgrounds. The J’s all-in-one hub for health, learning and well-being elevates the lives of the community and its members with programs of excellence in fitness, sports, theatre, arts + culture, senior adult programming and youth services including summer camps and child development. Everyone can “live up” at The J, located in Overland Park, Kansas, and at

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