My Name Is Asher Lev
By Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok. Based on a best-selling novel, this new American play tells the powerful story of a boy prodigy. Set in post-war Brooklyn, Asher Lev must be a painter at all costs even though against the will of his family, community, and tradition.
My Name Is Asher Lev plays from March 9 through March 27 in the Keating Theatre. Single Tickets are available online by clicking the link above or here or by calling the FST Box Office at 941-366-9000.
Pre-show dining is available in The Green Room starting at 6:15pm for 8pm performances, 5:15pm for 7pm performances, and post-show for matinee performances. To view our menu, click here. To view the Keating Theatre seating chart, click here.
My Name Is Asher Lev is also part of the Dialogues on Diversity series which includes panel discussions centered around the themes of the play. To learn more about upcoming panel discussions, click here.
Originally commissioned and produced by the Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dramaturgy by Michele Volansky. This play was developed with the support of PlayPenn, Paul Meshejian, Artistic Director
Director | Jason Cannon
Stage Manager | Rebekah Small*
Scenic Designer | Bruce Price
Lighting Designer | Tom Hansen
Costume Coordinator | Donna Riggs
Asher Lev | Ben Rosenbach
Riv Lev | Naama Potok
Ari Lev | Nathan Kaufman
NATHAN KAUFMAN (Aryeh Lev, Jacob Kahn, and others) is thrilled to be making his FST debut. Stage credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Julius Caesar, Galileo, As You Like It, Cymbeline, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear (The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Coriolanus, Pericles, Harvey (The Texas Shakespeare Festival); The Tempest, Romeo & Juliet (The Human Race Theatre Company); The Cmplete Wrks of Wllm Shkspr Abridged (Shadow Lawn Stage); Beyond Therapy, Time Flies (Bohemian Archaeology). Television Credits include ABC’s What Would You Do? and The View as well as Discovery Family’s American Icons. Nathan received his BFA in Acting from the Purchase College Conservatory of Theatre Arts and Film and lives in New York City. www.nathankaufman.com
NAAMA POTOK (Rivkeh Lev and others) was last seen as Christine in Two Mothers at a Roadside Cafe (Schreiber Shorts Festival of Short Plays). Earlier credits include Rivkeh Lev, Anna Schaeffer, and Rachel in My Name is Asher Lev at Penguin Rep Theatre and in the Off-Broadway production, Eileen Rafferty in Slides (dir. Geraldine Fitzgerald), Scheherazade in Arabian Nights (dir. Mary Zimmerman), Greek Princess in Mirror of the Invisible World (Goodman Theatre), Katherine in Henry IV, and Manke in God of Vengeance (A Contemporary Theatre). Film credits: Christie, Waiting for Marilon Cotillard (Mediane-Art &Communication); The Chosen (20th Century Fox); Carol, Reindeer Games.
BEN ROSENBACH (Asher Lev) is very excited to be making his FST debut playing Asher Lev. This is Ben’s second Potok/Posner show, his first was while playing Danny Saunders in the Barrington Stage Company production of The Chosen. Other credits include: Laughter on the 23rd Floor at the Flat Rock Playhouse; South Pacific at the Engeman Theatre on Long Island; Rent at the Harbor Lights Theater Company on Staten Island. Very grateful for this extremely “worthwhile” experience.
JASON CANNON (Director) is an Associate Artist at FST, where his responsibilities include directing, acting, New Play Development, supervising the Acting Apprentice Program, and teaching in Adult Education. Most recently he directed Butler, and his performance last season as Ever Montgomery in Dancing Lessons garnered him “Best Actor of 2015” awards from both Sarasota Magazine and the Herald-Tribune. He holds an MFA in Directing, an MA in Drama, and a BA in Theatre and English. Proud member SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA. jasoncannon.biz
REBEKAH SMALL (Stage Manager) is excited to be back at Florida Studio Theatre! Her NY credits include: Trojan Women, Single Room Occupancy (NYC Fringe), and Summertime. Her Regional Credits include: Butler; Hairspray; Tom Jones; Taking Shakespeare; The World Goes ‘Round; Too Darn Hot; Spamalot; Let’s Twist Again: The Wanderer’s, and Urban Cowboys.
BRUCE PRICE (Scenic Designer) joined the FST staff in 2002 as the Production Stage Manager and stage managed 14 productions. In 2004, Mr. Price was promoted to Production Manager and has overseen the technical aspects of over 100 productions here at FST. In addition, Mr. Price has designed sets, lighting, and costumes for dozens of production over his 30 year career including FST’s production of Thurgood, as well as a number of the FST Cabaret productions. Mr. Price has an MFA in Directing from the University of Houston where he studied with Edward Albee, Jose Quintero, and Stewart Ostro. Mr. Price has worked regionally at The Alley Theatre and Stage Repertory Theatre both on stage and backstage. He has found his home here at FST.
DONNA RIGGS (Costume Designer) Local costume and clothing designer, Donna Riggs is excited to costume yet another great play for FST, My Name Is Asher Lev. She has designed and styled wardrobes for movies, (Dinesh D’souza’s America, Gena Rowlands in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks) national commercials (Honda) and created costumes for corporate branding, mascots, cosplay, and recently the FST production, Butler. Donna is also an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. www.costumes-donnariggs.com.
TOM HANSEN (Lighting Designer) FST Credits: Soul Mates, Yesterday, and Laughing Matters. Awards: Singing In the Rain, Oklahoma!, Harvey, Philadelphia Story, The Sound of Music, Beauty & the Beast, The Great Sebastians, Mornings At Seven, Big River, and Crazy For You (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Council nominee). Favorites: The Foreigner (American Stage), Grey Gardens (freeFall Theatre), Chicago (Eight O’clock Theatre), 42nd Street (Sarasota Players), Hairspray (Voldasta State University), Man of LaMancha (Show Palace) and Joseph...Dreamcoat (Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center).
AARON POSNER (Playwright) is a Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning director and playwright. He is the founder and former Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre, is an Associate Artist at both the Folger Theatre and Milwaukee Repertoy Theatre, and has directed at major regional theatres from coast to coast including the Folger, Seattle Rep, Portland Center Stage, The Alliance, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Arizona Theatre Company, Milwaukee Rep, California Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Roundhouse Theatre, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Theatre J, American Player’s Theatre and many more. His adaptations include Chaim Potok’s The Chosen and My Name Is Asher Lev (both of which have enjoyed successful runs at more than 50 other theatres across the country), Ken Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion, Mark Twain’s A Murder, A Mystery, And A Marriage, an adaptation of three Kurt Vonnegut short stories, entitled Who Am I This Time? (and Other Conundrums of Love) and Stupid Fucking Bird, a variation on Chekhov’s Seagull. Aaron was raised in Eugene, Oregon, graduated from Northwestern University, is an Eisenhower Fellow, and lives near Washington, D.C.
SPECIAL THANKS - Thank you, Rabbi Brenner Glickman, Marian Raupp (Ritual Chair) and Judy Dean (Administrative Assistant) at Temple Emanu-El for contributing items to our wardrobe! www.sarasotatemple.org. 151 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL 34232. (941) 371-2788.
On March 31, FST will hold a panel discussion titled The Roots of Hatred as part of the Dialogues on Diversity series. This event is free to attend, but requires advance reservations. Click here to reserve your spot today!