My Name is Asher Lev

My Name is Asher Lev

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Synopsis

In Aaron Posner's stage adaptation of Chaim Potok's novel, Asher Lev tells his story in a series of flashbacks. He is a Ladover Hasidic Jew born with a great artistic talent. His sect of Judaism, however, does not believe that art is a worthwhile pursuit. When he begins to draw nudes and pictures of the Cruxifixion, Asher's father, Aryeh, declares Asher's work to be demonic. Asher's mother, Rivkeh, is more forgiving of his talent, although she doesn't understand it. The Rebbe of their sect learns of Asher's gift and allows him to work with a Jewish master painter, Jacob Kahn. Asher studies with Kahn for many years and becomes a successful artist. Through the years, he has continued to argue with his parents about the nature and value of his work. They attend one of his shows in New York, but the centerpiece is a painting of Christ, which Asher has used to symbolize his mother's agony over the death of her brother. His family and community are offended; the Rebbe asks him to leave Brooklyn, and Asher moves away to Paris.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Supporting

Spoken

Female

Supporting

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
Cast Size
small
Casting Notes:
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult characters