My Name Is Asher Lev, Based on Chaim Potok's Novel
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- "<em>My Name Is Asher Lev</em> is a work of depth, insight and faith ... an artistic triumph." --<a target="_blank" href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fern-siegel/my-name-is-asher-lev_b_2206742.html"><em>Huffington Post</em></a>
- "[A] starkly moving family drama ... Gordon Edelstein’s production gives the play a spare, forceful elegance. Brand’s Asher conveys a convincing balance of confusion and determination; Mark Nelson brings graceful depth to his multiple roles ... Jenny Bacon plays Asher’s nervous mother with piercing tenderness and sorrow." --<a target="_blank" href="http://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/my-name-is-asher-lev"><em>TimeOut New York</em></a> (4 of 5 stars)
- "Both Potok’s novel and Mr. Posner’s adaptation have something old-fashioned about them: a high moral seriousness and an earnest intensity about matters like religion and art, faith and God, duty and calling. Mr. Posner embraces these elements: his 'Asher Lev' feels like a well-made play from the era in which the story takes place." --<a target="_blank" href="http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/theater/reviews/my-name-is-asher-lev-at-the-westside-theater.html?_r=1&"><em>The New York Times</em></a>
A new play by Aaron Posner
Adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
Directed by Gordon Edelstein
Based on the best-selling novel by Chaim Potok (The Chosen), My Name Is Asher Lev is a new American play by Aaron Posner set in post-war Brooklyn, which tells the powerful story of a boy prodigy who must be an artist at any cost —- against the will of family, community and tradition. It is a luminous portrait of a young artist with a universal theme to follow our passion.
Led by Director Gordon Edelstein (The Road to Mecca, The Glass Menagerie), the distinguished creative team includes set design by Eugene Lee (Wicked, Ragtime); lighting design by James F. Ingalls (Glengarry Glen Ross); costume design by Ilona Somogyi (Clybourne Park) and original music/sound design by John Gromada (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, The Columnist).
Running Time: 90 minutes, with no intermission.