1st Stage Extends MY NAME IS ASHER LEV Through 12/23

1st Stage, Tysons Corner's award-winning professional theater, announces the extension of their critically-acclaimed production of My Name is Asher Lev written by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok, and directed by Nick Olcott until December 23.

In Aaron Posner's imaginative retelling of Chaim Potok's beloved novel, a young Jewish painter is torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his need to pursue his artistic voice. As art and faith collide in this humorous and compelling journey, Asher must choose between his community and his vast artistic promise. This stirring adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist. The Washington Post raves, "...a solid production of My Name Is Asher Lev peels away any associations of triteness and makes you feel the weight of an artist's sacrifice."

The 1st Stage production of My Name is Asher Lev by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok, features Andy Brownstein, Hyla Matthews, and Lucas Beck. Beck is a 1st Stage founding artist returning to the DC region following his success on stage and screen in New York and Los Angeles. 1st Stage also welcomes back director, Nick Olcott, who's bold and bright Floyd Collins put 1st Stage on The Wall Street Journal's national list of the "Best Theater of 2016."

The design team includes: scenic and properties design by Jessica Cancino, costume design by Marsha M. LeBoeuf, lighting design by Kristin A. Thompson, sound design by Reid May, and dialects by Jane Margulies Kalbfeld.

My Name is Asher Lev will now run at 1st Stage through December 23 with show times as follows: Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 8 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 8 pm, and Sundays at 2pm. 1st Stage will offer an additional performance on Wednesday, December 20 at 7:30pm.

General admission tickets are $33. Senior (65+) tickets are $30. Student and military tickets are $15.

Subscriptions and Flex Passes are available for savings of up to 40% off regular price tickets. Tickets, Subscriptions, and Flex Passes can be purchased online at www.1ststage.org or by calling the 1st Stage box office at 703-854-1856.

The run time is approximately 90 minutes with no intermission. Closed captioning and audio-description will be offered for select performances. Check www.1stStage.org for the full schedule.

My Name is Asher Lev is the second production in 1st Stage's 10th Anniversary season. Following My Name is Asher Lev will be The Farnsworth Invention by Aaron Sorkin, Directed by Alex Levy (February 15-March 11), Fly By Night by Will Connolly, Michael Mitnick, and Kim Rosenstock, Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer (April 12-May 6), and Swimming With Whales a world premiere play by Bob Bartlett, Directed by Alex Levy (May 31- June 24). The 2nd annual Logan Festival of Solo Performance featuring nationally celebrated solo performers will run from July 12-22, 2018.

About 1st Stage:
Now entering its 10th Anniversary Season, 1st Stage Theatre is an award-winning professional theatre in the heart of Tysons Corner, Virginia. The company serves as a cultural hub for the community producing first-rate theatrical productions as well as hosting professional musicians, orchestras, and visual artists, and providing educational opportunities for the community. Awards include the American Theatre Wing National Theatre Company award, Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play in 2017 and Outstanding Director of a Musical and Outstanding Lead Actor in 2015, and the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company in 2010. 1st Stage is a member of the Catalogue for Philanthropy class of 2016-2017. In September 2016, The Wall Street Journal called 1st Stage "one of America's most impressive smaller regional companies" and named 1st Stage productions of Floyd Collins and Lobby Hero among their list of the nation's "Best Theater of 2016."

For more information, visit 1st Stage online at www.1ststage.org or follow the theater on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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