My Name Is Asher Lev, one boy's struggle between Tradition and Art, a new play by Aaron Posner
, adapted from Chaim Potok
's best-selling novel, is currently playing The Westside Theatre
(407 W. 43rd Street). Get a first look at the show in the photos below!
A boy. His art. The story. Set in post-war Brooklyn, My Name is Asher Lev
tells the coming-of-age story of a boy prodigy who must be an artist at any cost -- against the will of family, community and tradition. It is the powerful telling of a young artist with a universal theme to follow our passion – against everything.
Ari Brand (Broadway Bound, directed by David Cromer, The Diary of Ann Frank), who played Asher Lev in the Long Wharf production, recreates the title role, in this breakout performance.
Mark Nelson (nine Broadway productions including After The Fall, The Invention of Love at Lincoln Center, A Few Good Men; Obie Award winner for Picasso at the Lapin Agile) and theater veteran, Jenny Bacon (Heartless, Omnium Gatherum) will portray Asher's parents.
Led by Director Gordon Edelstein (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.
Tickets for My Name is Asher Lev at The Westside Theatre are currently on sale at www.Telecharge.com or by calling 212.239.6200. The performance schedule is: Tuesday at 7pm, Wednesday at 2pm & 7pm, Thursday & Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm.
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Mark Nelson, Ari Brand and Jenny Bacon
Ari Brand and Mark Nelson
Ari Brand and Jenny Bacon
Ari Brand, Jenny Bacon and Mark Nelson