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40 Star Starred
Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th Street Santa Monica, CA 90401
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“Josephson is a winning presence, and her impersonations of pushy parents, showbiz types and Israeli ‘playas’ land on target.” —The Los Angeles Times
“An accomplished performance! Hilarious… Beneath the comedy lies a serious undercurrent stemming from the ongoing war in the Middle East.” —LA Weekly
“The show is good for Israel. It shows Israel’s human face and that human face is Yafit Josephson.” —Jewish Journal
“Josephson’s boundless energy and desire to share her story transform her narrative from the traditionally cathartic autobiographical tale to one that is inspirational.” —Backstage
“It’s a big enough challenge for most actors to portray one role successfully. Imagine taking on 18 in one play. With New Eyes, Yafit Josephson tackled the Everest of theatrical mountains.” —Tucson Lifestyle Magazine
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Read what Goldstar members had to say about this show’s previous runs in "Los Angeles ": Sherman Oaks.


_New Eyes

_Performed by Yafit Josephson 

Written by Yafit Josephson & Suzanne Bressler 

Directed by Sammie Wayne 

Produced by Eliad Josephson 

Yafit Josephson (Actress & Co-Writer) was born in Los Angeles and raised in Ramat-Hasharon, Israel, since she was two years old. As a daughter of an Israeli filmmaker who produced two famous comedic Israeli movies, “Charlie Va’hetzi” and “Hagiga Ba’Snuker”, Yafit was exposed to the entertainment industry at an early age. As a little girl, she recalls watching her father’s movies and imagining herself as an actress. She started practicing by reciting famous lines from both of the movies and promised to herself that she will pursue acting professionally one of these days. 

At the age of 18, she began to serve in the Israel Defense Force as part of her mandatory service to her country. After two years of service, Yafit decided to move to Los Angeles in 2003 to study acting and pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an actress. Shortly after, Yafit got accepted to the University of Southern California School of Theatre with a full scholarship and graduated in May of 2008. Throughout her time at USC, she acted in a number of productions, such as “The Threepenny Opera”, “Ash Girl”, “Our Country’s Good”, “The Vagina Monologues” and “Pentecost”. Yafit learned about the art of Solo Performance and received her training at USC. She wrote and performed two short solo performance pieces, “The Skies of Tel-Aviv” and “I’ve Gotta Go”, which describe her journey as an Israeli soldier. 

Following graduation, Yafit began writing her full-length one-woman show, together with her co-writer Suzanne Bressler, while teaching Hebrew and Judaic Studies through the use of drama and improvisation at two Jewish schools in Los Angeles. After a year and a half of intense writing, she finally brought “New Eyes” to life on stage in July 2010 and has been sharing her personal life story ever since. Yafit has been presenting “New Eyes” for over 3 years with over 100 shows, both public and private, in California and across the US. She hopes to share her story with as many people as she tours “New Eyes” around the world.