Monday, April 2, 2012

Ari Brand's Name is Lev Asher at Long Wharf

Long Wharf Theatre will present My Name is Asher Lev, by Aaron Posner and adapted from Chaim Potok’s 1972 novel, directed by Long Wharf Theatre Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein. 

The show will run from May 2 through May 27 on the Mainstage. The press opening will take place Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $40-$70. For a complete performance schedule, visit www.longwharf.org

Asher Lev, a young man with a true artistic calling, is torn between his deeply observant Hasidic Jewish community and the passionate need to paint. When the boy runs afoul of his family and tradition by attempting to embrace his gift, he is forced to make the difficult choice between faith and art. 

Also in the cast: Mark Nelson, returning to Long Wharf Theatre, (A Doll’s House and Underneath the Lintel and Melissa Miller.

Brand made his Broadway debut in The Neil Simon plays, directed by David Cromer. Since then he’s played the roles of Teddy in the world premiere of A.R. Gurney’s critically-acclaimed Black Tie at Primary Stages and Peter van Daan in the Westport Country Playhouse’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank. 

The creative team is comprised of Eugene Lee (sets), Ilona Somogyi (costumes), Chris Akerlind (lights), John Gromada (sounds), and Bonnie Brady (stage manager.)

For more information about Long Wharf Theatre’s 2011-12 season, visit www.longwharf.org or call 203-787-4282.

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