My Name is Asher Lev in Studio Theatre


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My Name is Asher Lev
My Name is Asher Lev

Pieter Toerien presents the acclaimed Jewish play My Name is Asher Lev, a play by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok, directed by Moira Blumenthal and starring Robert Fridjhon, Louise Saint-Claire and Alan Swerdlow.

Asher Lev is a young Jew growing up in Brooklyn in the 1940s. Against the backdrop of this most tumultuous time in history, Asher Lev discovers he is a gifted artist while struggling with a bereaved mother and an absent father. His exceptional artistic talent draws opposition not only from his own strict Hasidic community, which believes art is a waste of time, but also from his parents. Asher is willing to challenge the expectations of his community and the unhappiness of his family but will have to pay a terrible price for the right to use his gift.

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  • Directed and produced mainstream theatre internationally since 1988, including at the Sydney Opera House.
  • Established and managed The Rosebank Theatre in Johannesburg.
  • Former producer at the Seymour Theatre Centre.
  • Spearheaded Jewish theatre, including Via Dolorosa, From Door To Door, Address Unknown, The Chosen, Coming To See Aunt Sophie.
  • Master of Arts in Cultural and Creative Practice from the University of Western Sydney.
  • Productions include Two Weeks With The Queen, Collected Stories, Sydney premiere of Skin Tight, Foreign Aids, Elections And Erections, Bombshells, A Woman In Black, Love, Loss And What I Wore.

The play won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and the prestigious John Gassner Award.

“One of the best plays of the year!” – Huffington Post

“You should see it, your children should see it, everyone should see it!” – New York Magazine

“Compellingly personal yet universal piece of art about art and tradition.” – Associated Press

“Both complex and direct. A concise yet deeply satisfying entertainment, it offers a moving and rich experience … the relish of theatrical storytelling conjures up unflagging delights.” – Hollywood Reporter

My Name is Asher Lev

Studio Theatre, Montecasino

26 July – 3 September

Performances: Wednesday – Friday at 20:00, Saturday at 16:00 and 20:00, Sunday at 15:00

Tickets: R165 and R130

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