NCTC Stages Aaron Posner's MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, Beginning Today

New Century Theatre Company (NCTC) opens its 2016 season at 12th Avenue Arts with NY NAME IS ASHER LEV today, April 20. The production runs through May 21, Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays-Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 4pm.

Based on Chaim Potok's best-selling novel, NY NAME IS ASHER LEV follows the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hasidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents and community, young Asher realizes he must make a difficult choice between art and faith. This stirring adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist.

Directed by Shelia Daniels and starring company members Bradford Farwell, Conner Neddersen, and Amy Thone. Also on the production team are scenic designer Peter Dylan O'Connor*, lighting designer Andrew D. Smith*, costume designer Melanie Burgess, sound designer Johanna Melamed, and stage manager David Hartig. *NCTC Company Member

Tickets to NCTC's 2016 season range from $15-$40 and are now available for purchase. Tickets may be purchased online at www.wearenctc.org or at the door. NCTC offers the following discounts through their website and at the door: Industry (TPS/AEA/IATSE/etc.): $20 tickets; Seniors 65+: $25 tickets; and Students: $15 tickets. There will be an industry night performance on May 9th at 7:30pm.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Pipeline
Third Monday of every month at Solo Bar in Queen Anne FREE

NCTC presents a free reading of a bold, new play every month as part of their Pipeline series, which aims to foster a community among artists and audiences as they develop the aesthetic of Seattle's most dynamic theatre company. NCTC conducts "talk backs" at each reading, as they place high value on the audience's experience with the piece. These readings are casual in nature and hosted at Solo Bar in Queen Anne. Admission is free; no tickets required.

Next Pipeline: Y York's The Impossibility of Now Monday, April 18th at 7:30pm
Solo Bar in Queen Anne. 200 Roy St. (206) 213-0080

NCTC was founded in 2008 and is comprised of local theatre artists whose work is regularly featured on Seattle's professional stages, as well as numerous regional theatres throughout the country.

NCTC Artists include Emily Chisolm, Ruth Eitemiller, Bradford Farwell, Ray Gonzalez, Brenda Joyner, Darragh Kennan, Peter Dylan O'Connor, Michael Patten, Betsy Schwartz, MJ Sieber, Andy Smith, Jen Taylor, Amy Thone, and Evan Whitfield

NCTC Affiliate Artists include Hans Altwies, Colin Byrne, Geoff Korf, John Langs, Kimberly Newton, Paul Morgan Stetler, Stephanie Timm, and Rob Witmer

NCTC Staff include Artistic Director Darragh Kennan and Interim Managing Director Danielle Franich

Together they share a deep desire to help reinvigorate Seattle's national reputation as a vibrant force of cutting-edge, ambitious, relevant theater. They vow to provide Seattle a fearless ensemble of local artists whose vast experience and developed sense of chemistry provide a cohesive, dynamic, consistent theater-going experience they believe audiences long for.

NCTC is devoted to producing timely, vital stories that will help re-connect Seattle audiences to the transcendent power of live performance. NCTC believes that "story is king" and is committed to plays that are fearless, heightened, sincere, dangerous, crass, erotic, ugly, and full of hope. NCTC shows are produced with a visceral simplicity that will stir your imagination to new heights and will NOT do your thinking for you.



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