My Name is Asher Lev
November 16-December 23, 2017
Directed by Nick Olcott, Written by Aaron Posner, Adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
Adapted from the celebrated novel by Chaim Potok, a humorous and compelling journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise unfolds. As art and faith collide, Asher must choose between his cultural roots 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. “Thought-provoking, humorous and deeply insightful.” – Talkin’ Broadway
December 14 at 7:30pm.
This captioning system uses individual devices with stands. Pick up equipment at the box office when you check-in!
Thursday, December 14 at 7:30pm.
Please request services at the box office when you check-in!
The Critics are raving!
“Engrossing…a burnished gem packed with acting prowess and terrific technical artisanship.” – The Connection
“Brilliantly-written” and “heart-searing” – MD Theatre Guide
“…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 Washington Post
Connecting the community through artwork, stories, and conversation. Join us for discussions surrounding the themes of our plays and the impact of these stories on the community beyond our walls.
Note: All Community Conversations are offered free of charge. To attend a performance you must purchase a ticket or a subscription.
PRE-SHOW COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
The pre-show discussion series illuminates facets of each 1st Stage production that shape your adventure with the play from the beginning. Learn from community leaders and 1st Stage artists and head into each show with a new framework for your experience.
ACCESSIBILITY AND 1st STAGE: A conversation with 1st Stage’s Education & Accessibility fellow, Shanna Sorrells (ASL Interpretation)
Thursday, December 14, 2017, 6:30pm
Shanna Sorrells is currently a high school teacher at Washington-Lee and H-B Woodlawn, as well as a teaching artist at Imagination Stage, and a nationally recognized Deaf performer. She is excited to introduce the 1st Stage accessibility initiative and discuss the development of accessibility in the performing arts! The future for 1st Stage is bright, and all are welcome!
POST-SHOW COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
The classic and beloved Community Conversations series connects the community through artwork, stories, and conversation. Join us for discussions surrounding the themes of our plays and the impact of these stories on the community beyond our walls.
DEEPENING THE STORY: A discussion with leaders from Congregation Adat Reyim
December 17, 2017
Following the 2pm performance
Join in for a discussion about community, art, and leadership with leaders from Congregation Adat Reyim in Springfield, Virginia
Performance is sold out
MEET THE CAST: A conversation with the extraordinary cast of My Name is Asher Lev
December 23, 2017
Following the 2pm performance
We will sit with the cast to discuss the process of bringing Chaim Potok’s characters to life through the words of Aaron Posner. Two of these outstanding cast members must play multiple characters in quick succession and shift costumes and dialects in the process. We are also thrilled to welcome back founding artist, Lucas Beck, to the stage! You don’t want to miss this one!
1st Stage Gallery
For each production in the 1st Stage season, a corresponding art show adorns the walls. The intimate and eclectic gallery is curated by local artist Deborah Conn and brings the work of some of the most exciting area artists in front of 1st Stage patrons. Enjoy a myriad of artistic styles and mediums while you explore the theater and before/after you take in a show.
In the Gallery
Carolyn Marshall Wright
Award-winning artist Carolyn Marshall Wright exhibits regularly at juried shows in the Mid-Atlantic, including the Art League Gallery in Alexandria. She currently has work in the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley as part of the annual Virginia Watercolor Society show. While her training in classic watercolor techniques always informs her work, her explorations in color and structure have led to more abstracted creations in acrylics and collage. Incorporating expressionistic brushwork, exuberant colors and a highly personal viewpoint, her paintings for this exhibit, “Syncopation,” reverberate with energy and spontaneity. She is honored to show this work at 1st Stage. See more of her paintings at www.carolynmarshallwright.com, on Instagram @carolynpaints, or on Facebook at Carolyn Marshall Wright Artist.
Meet the artist at a reception on Sunday, November 19, 5:00-7:00