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.
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