Pieter Toerien's Presentation of MY NAME IS ASHER LEV at Montecasino Studio Theatre Now Open

Pieter Toerien's Presentation of MY NAME IS ASHER LEV at Montecasino Studio Theatre Now Open
Alan Swerdlow, Louise Saint-Claire and Robert
Fridjhon in MY NAME IS ASHER LEV
Photo credit: Suzy Bernstein

Pieter Toeriens presentation of Aaron Posner's acclaimed Jewish play, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok, is now open for a run through 3 September.

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 that 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 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 he will have to pay a terrible price for the right to use his gift.

MY NAME IS ASHER LEV won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play and the prestigious John Gassner Award. It has been directed for South African audiences by Moira Blumenthal, a world-class director who has directed and produced mainstream theatre internationally since 1988, including at the Sydney Opera House. A former producer at the Seymour Theatre Centre, she established and managed The Rosebank Theatre in Johannesburg and is a champion of Jewish theatre, spearheading productions such as VIA DOLOROSA, FROM DOOR TO DOOR, ADDRESS UNKNOWN, THE CHOSEN and COMING TO SEE AUNT SOPHIE. Her further production credits include TWO WEEKS WITH THE QUEEN, COLLECTED STORIES, SKIN TIGHT, FOREIGN AIDS, ELECTIONS AND ERECTIONS, BOMBSHELLS, THE WOMAN IN BLACK and LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural and Creative Practice from the University of Western Sydney.

Starring Robert Fridjhon, Louise Saint-Claire and Alan Swerdlow, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV is running at the Studio Theatre, Montecasino, with performances on Wednesdays through Saturdays at 20:00 as well as on Saturdays at 16:00 and Sundays at 15:00. Tickets, ranging in price from R130 - R165, are available through Computicket.


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