Readers Theatre

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About Theatre Chevruta

Theatre is an exploration of culture, entertainment, and ideas, shared by the audience and performers. Chevruta is an exploration of the Talmud, shared by two people. Theatre Chevruta, through its productions and supplemental offerings (post-show talkbacks, preview lectures and discussions, etc.), exists to let audience and performers explore important, entertaining, and often unfamiliar offerings of Jewish theatre--Yiddish theatre, Israeli theatre, new works, obscured classics, and more.

For its sophomore season, 2014-15, Theatre Chevruta presents Newish Jewish Theatre: staged readings of new (or new-ish) works of Jewish theatre.

What is a staged reading? A staged reading is a fully cast, fully rehearsed presentation of a play with scripts in hand. Particularly popular in the development of new works and the revisiting of obscure works, the absence of lighting, sets, and costumes allows the focus to be on the actors and the words.

AUDITIONS for My Name is Asher Lev!

Monday, February 9th OR Tuesday, February 10th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Come to either night, not both. Appointments not necessary; auditions are walk-in.
Monologues welcome, but cold readings from the script will be provided when you arrive. Bring a resume and headshot, if available. 
Questions? Contact Doug Brook at doug@brookwrite.com.

Auditions, rehearsals, and performances are at the JCC -- 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032.
There will be a total of ten rehearsals, scattered through March and April, based on cast availability.
There are three roles in the play:
Asher Lev -- an Orthodox man who struggles between his traditional upbringing and his drive to realize his vast artistic potential -- portrayed as youth through adult
The Men -- a man who plays Aryeh Lev (Asher's devout father), Yitzchok Lev (Asher's less serious uncle), The Rebbe, and Jacob Kahn (Asher's artist mentor) -- roles he plays range from 30s to 70s
The Women -- a woman who plays Rivkeh Lev (Asher's embattled mother), Anna Schaeffer (savvy art gallery owner), and Rachel (an artist model) -- roles she plays range from mid-20s to 40s

Ascher LevMy Name is Asher Lev
by Aaron Posner
adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok

May 2nd, 2015 | 7:00pm with a post-show talkback
May 3rd, 2015 | 2:00pm with a post-show talkback

My Name is Asher Lev follows the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic 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.
 "Thought-provoking, humorous and deeply insightful." -- Talkin' Broadway

$15 general admission, $10 JCC members

Theatre Chevruta, a Jewish Readers Theatre, is made possible in part by a generous gift from Virginia and Randy Hess.

The APJCC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that welcomes everyone. We rely on generous donations to continue serving our community and those in need. A beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and a proud member of the JCC Association of North America. This website copyright 2014 Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley.

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