Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Long Wharf's Asher Lev Will Play Off-Broadway

From the Long Wharf production: Ari Brand, Melissa Miller and Mark Nelson. Photo: T. Charles Erickson
Based on the best-selling novel by Chaim Potok (The Chosen), My Name is Asher Lev, the new play by Aaron Posner, which was presented last season at Long Wharf Theatre, will begin New York Off-Broadway performances at the Westside Theatre (407 W. 43rdSt.) Nov. 8 with opening night set for Nov, 28.
Set in post-war Brooklyn, My Name is Asher Lev tells the powerful story of a boy prodigy who must paint at any cost -- against the will of family, community and tradition. It is a luminous portrait of a young artist with a universal theme to follow our passion. Read the review of the Long Wharf production here.

Ari Brand, who played Asher Lev in the Long Wharf production, will recreate the title role Off-Broadway. Additional cast members will be announced shortly.

Led by Director Gordon Edelstein (Long Wharf Theater Artistic Director, The Road to Mecca, Glass Menagerie), the distinguished creative team includes set design by Eugene Lee (Wicked, Ragtime); lighting design by James F. Ingalls (Glengarry Glen Ross); costume design by Ilona Somogyi (Clybourne Park)and original music/sound design by John Gromada (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, The Columnist). Darren Bagert is lead producer.

My Name is Asher Lev is the newest play to transfer to the New York stage from the Long Wharf Theatre. More than 30 Long Wharf productions have moved to Broadway and Off-Broadway, including: Wit (Pulitzer Prize), The Shadow Box (Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play), Hughie, American Buffalo, The Gin Game (Pulitzer Prize), and Streamers.

Tickets for the 18-week limited engagement of My Name is Asher Lev at the Westside Theatre are on sale at
www.Telecharge.com or by calling 212.239.6200. Specially priced tickets will be offered for all performances for as low as $36. 

For more information visit:
www.AsherLevThePlay.com.

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