My Name is Asher Lev


“You should see it.  Your children should see it.  Everyone should see it.” New York Magazine

“Asher Lev is truly a classic.  A must see.” Arts and Leisure News

“Compelling and personal, yet universal” Associated Press

Based on the best-selling novel by Chaim Potok, this award winning drama tells the powerful story of a boy prodigy who is driven to be a painter at any cost – against the will of family, community and tradition.  Born into a Hasidic family in post-World War II Brooklyn, his artistic genius threatens to estrange him from both his parents and his observant Jewish community.

The Artistic Perspective Discussion on April 3rd will feature:

Rabbi Gary S. Berenson, Etz Chaim Synagogue
Maia Snow, Artist
Daniel Minter, Artist and Educator

Special Events: Pomegranate Inn & Lolita Reception on April 6thclick here for details.

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Playwright

Aaron Posner

Aaron is a playwright, director, teacher and consultant. He is the Co-Founder and former Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre, where he has directed more than 40 productions over the last 18 years. He directs nationally at the Folger Theatre (where he received a Helen Hayes Award for his direction of the Two Gentlemen of Verona), Seattle Rep, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Arizona Theatre Company, and many others. He has written and adapted about twenty plays including variations on plays by Anton Chekhov and Kurt Vonnegut.  His adaptation of Chaim Potok’s the CHOSEN has been performed throughout the country, and won a Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play.

Chaim Potok (February 17, 1929 – July 23, 2002) was an American Jewish author and rabbi. Potok is most famous for his first book The Chosen, a 1967 novel which was listed on The New York Times’ best seller list for 39 weeks and sold more than 3,400,000 copies. Potok wrote many novels including a sequel to The Chosen in 1969 entitled The Promise, which details the issues of the value and identity between Orthodox and Hasidic Jews. In 1972, he published My Name is Asher Lev, the story of a boy struggling with his relationship with his parents, religion and his love of art.

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