My Name Is Asher Lev is the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his traditional upbringing and a desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. Aaron Posner’s stirring adaptation of a modern classic by Chaim Potok presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents and community, young Asher realizes he must make a difficult choice with his art and faith.
REVIEWS & CRITICS
PRESS & MEDIA
CTV’s Ottawa Morning Live segment with Director, Bronwyn Steinberg.
Ottawa Jewish Bulletin feature by Alex Baker about the show.
Radio promotion for My Name Is Asher Lev.
PATRICE-ANN FORBES (Set & Costume Designer) | SEAN GREEN (Lighting Designer) | BRONWYN STEINBERG (Director) | LARRY TAROF (Composer, Sound Designer) | PATTI VOPNI (Properties Designer)
DREW MOORE (Asher Lev) | SARAH GABRIELLA WAISVISZ (Rivkeh Lev, Anna Shaeffer, Rachel) | DAVID WHITELEY (Aryeh Lev, Yitzchok, The Rebbe, Jacob Kahn)
JENNA BROWN (Lighting Board Operator) | ELIZABETH CHANT (Assistant Stage Manager) | ROBERT FORBES (Set Builder) | CLAUDE HACHÉ (Production Photographer) | JONATHAN HARRIS (Producing Artistic Director) | PETER LEYENAAR (Associate Producer) | SUSAN MARRINER (Graphic Designer) | ARIANE ROY (Production Assistant) | RACHEL-DAWN WALLACE (Production Stage Manager) | ANDRÉE-ANNE WILLIAMS (Community Development Director)
EMILY ASMAR, LAURA BARKLEY, EMILY DUFFIN, TIM EDWARDS, COLLEEN EDWARDS, KATE GOVER, JIMMY LY, ANDREW MCDOUGALL, LOGAN MILLER, DAN MONAFU, MEGAN PIERCEY MONAFU, NADYA POHRAN, ARIANE ROY (Front of House) | INA GRAAFLAND, FLORENCE OGLESTONE, SHELDON OGLESTONE, TERESA PAKENHAM, ED VOPNI, PATTI VOPNI (Hospitality) | JACYNTHE FUGERE BOURDAGES (Clarinet Recording) | DAVID WHITELY (Violin Recording) | TIMOTHY HESS, ARIANE ROY (Promotion) | DALE COBURN, GORD STEWART (Crew) | LIZZIE FRANKLIN (Properties, Set Painting) | CINDY STEWART, SASHA STEWART (Set Painting)
COMMENTS FROM OTTAWA AUDIENCES
“I’m 60 and have seen many plays over the years in Ottawa – none better than this.” -|- “Very, very powerful. I am an artist and have been selling nudes for 20 years. Thank you for bringing such a powerful voice to why we choose to follow an artist’s heart. My grandmother used to say, ‘to whomsoever much is given, much also shall be asked.’ A true reflection. The set, frames, music, and lighting added even more power. Great experience.” -|- “Powerful! Great acting; everyone should see this production.” -|- “Funny, moving, brilliant! Great show!” -|- “Spectacular – loved the set, the lights, and the acting was beyond words!” -|- “Powerful performance – I am impressed with the number of characters one actor can become.” -|- “Better than in Pittsburgh or sunny Buffalo – amazing!” -|- “A fascinating look at art and traditional Jews.” -|- “I really enjoyed the performance. I feel like it’s the best play I have seen in Ottawa. Excellent job with the lighting – enjoyed the actors playing all the different characters.” -|- “Very revealing of the emotions, thoughts, and struggles of people in conflict in the same family.” -|- “Excellent acting – description of story was true to Jewish tradition.” -|- “I love that so much was left to the imagination of the audience and yet still so much was provided by the actors.” -|- “It was a real treat! Great to hear the virtues of the transcendental – beauty, truth, justice – exalted on the stage, reminding us all there is so much more to live for than just the Canadian Dream.”