Art, Religion, and Family can be controversial topics with our loved ones and communities. Theatrical Outfit’s My Name is Asher Lev tackles all three topics when the the lead character, Asher Lev, must make a decision between pursuing his artistic dreams of painting or following the traditional path that his parents have set before him. Born into a Hasidic family in post-World War II Brooklyn, the artistic genius struggles to find himself when his Jewish community and family question his choices and values. The plot unfolds as Asher tries to find the balance of his parents’ traditions and goals while blazing into his future and creating a new trail.
Originally a book, My Name is Asher Lev was written in 1972 by Chaim Potok, an American Jewish Author and Rabbi. In 2009, Aaron Posner created the stage adaption and now professional theater company, Theatrical Outfit is debuting the play in Atlanta. Directed by Mira Hirsch and starring actors Nick Arapoglou, Lane Carlock, and Brian Kurlander, My Name is Asher Lev will certainly inspire you to chase your dreams.
Theatrical Outfit’s Executive Artistic Director, Tom Key, commented on why he wanted to produce My Name is Asher Lev, “Although My Name is Asher Lev is fiction, it’s true. If I hadn’t read this book in my twenties I seriously doubt that I would have had the capacity to be living the life I have chosen. The truth of the story dramatizes our capacity for courage–how it feels, how it looks and, most importantly, that it works. May this production be helpful to you when you are overwhelmed by the choices before you, when your real journey is open before you.”
You can catch My Name is Asher Lev on stage at The Balzer Theater at Herren’s, August 22nd – September 16th, 2012.