“It’s Now or Never” is a humorous and poignant look at one man’s life in late middle age, the challenges of living outside the box of a conventional 9 to 5 existence, and dealing with times when one man planned, and God laughed.
“Judah had our patrons laughing and engaged throughout his performance of It’s Now or Never: My Life in the Late Middle Ages. He built a great rapport with the audience and was a pleasure to work with.” – Ona Ridenour, Head of Communications, Beverly Public Library
Winnipeg’s Jewish Post called the show, “intriguing” and “masterfully told,” and it was chosen as “Best of Festival” at the Calgary Fringe, 2019.
When: Doors open at 3:30 PM (ET), program begins at 4 PM (ET).
Where: Either in-person at Beacon Hill Friends House or live-streamed on Zoom. (All participants will receive the Zoom information).
Cost: This program is "pay-as-led." You can enter any amount into the payment box during registration, down to "0." Our suggested price for this event is $15.
Covid policies: All in-person attendees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear a mask while inside. We ask for proof of vaccination upon entering the building. Masks will be available for those who forget them.
Accessibility: Beacon Hill Friends House is working on making our historic space accessible to everyone.
On Zoom: Automated Closed Captions will be available for all participants.
Audio: Judah's voice will be lightly amplified in the space. Assistive Listening devices will be made available upon request.
Physical space: This event will take place in our Meeting Room, which has a ground-level entrance accessible by most standard-sized wheelchairs.
Our primary entrance is up a flight of stairs and we have a sidewalk-level entrance to our basement level that can accommodate small and standard-size wheelchairs (the turning radius is too small for large motorized chairs). We also have a small, single-occupancy 100-year-old elevator (about 3 ft deep and 2.5 feet wide) that can access all floors.
On the basement level, we have a single-user, all-gender bathroom with wall-mounted handrails and ample space for chairs and/or aides. We are not a scent-free space but tend to be low-scent.
Judah Leblang is a current resident at Beacon Hill Friends House, returning to BHFH after living here for two years in the 1990s. He is a Boston-area writer, teacher and storyteller. His essays and commentaries have been broadcast on 200 NPR and ABC-radio network stations around the US, and his memoir vignettes and essays have been published in McSweeney’s, WBUR’s Cognoscenti, Medium, and in regional publications in Boston and his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. He writes the ‘Life in the Slow Lane’ column in Bay Windows, Boston’s LGBT newspaper. His latest one-man show, “It’s Now or Never: My Life in the Late Middle Ages,” (Best of Festival, Calgary Fringe 2019) was called “intriguing” by Winnipeg’s Jewish Post, while the (Winnipeg) Free Press described him as a “great communicator.”
In addition to performing at Fringe Festivals, community centers and other venues in the US and Canada, Leblang teaches at GrubStreet Writing Center in Boston, at Literary Cleveland, and at the Skirball Writing Center at South Euclid/Lyndhurst Public Library. He is the author of two memoirs: Finding My Place (Lake Effect Press, 2012) and Echoes of Jerry (Red Giant Books, 2019).
Beacon Hill Friends House is an independent Quaker not-for-profit organization that operates a 20-person community residence, overnight guest accommodations, meeting and event space, and public educational programming in a large historic house in downtown Boston, Massachusetts. The Friends House exists to provide opportunities for personal growth, spiritual deepening, and leadership development, drawing inspiration and guidance from the values, principles, and practices of the Religious Society of Friends.