Dan Okrent, one of the creators of the off-Broadway hit OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES recently had a full color tattoo of the show's eye-catching tattoo permanently inked on his right shoulder.
The Jewish Daily Forward reports on it and says that "if Okrent's bravery inspires you to self-decorate, an "Old Jews Telling Jokes" logo on your body will get you a free pair of tickets; the offer applies to the first ten people who show up inked at Manhattan's Westside Theater.
"So it's a good thing we'll be running for several years," Okrent said. The story also dispels one myth, "Dan has checked with a rabbinical authority and it is a myth that you can't be buried in a Jewish cemetery with a tattoo. It has been fostered by generations of concerned Jewish mothers who didn't want their sons to have tattoos."
Read The Jewish Daily Forward's story here.
OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES opened in May at off-Broadway's Westside Theatre (407 West 43rd Street).
The show features Bill Army, Marilyn Sokol, Todd Susman, Audrey Lynn Weston and Lenny Wolpe. Created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES is directed by Marc Bruni and showcases five actors in a revue that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. Think you've heard them all before? Not this way. The show also features comic songs -- brand new and satisfyingly old – as well as tributes to some of the giants of the comedy world and to OldJewsTellingJokes.com, the website created by Sam Hoffman that inspired the show. If you've ever had a mother, visited a doctor, or walked into a bar with a priest, a rabbi and a frog - OLD JEWS TELLING JOKES will sit in the dark, give you a second opinion, and ask you where you got that.
The rest of the creative team is David Gallo (Set and Video Design); Alejo Vietti (Costume Design); Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design); Peter Fitzgerald (Sound Design)and Adam Wachter (Musical Supervision and Arrangements). It is produced by Daniel Okrent and Peter Gethers, and Richard Frankel, Tom Viertel, Steven Baruch and Marc Routh.
Photo courtesy Dan Okrent.