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.