2020/21 Season

My Name is Asher Lev

Jonas Chernick and Sarah Orenstein in My Name is Asher Lev. Photo by Dahlia Katz.
Jonas Chernick and Sarah Orenstein in My Name is Asher Lev. Photo by Dahlia Katz.

My Name is Asher Lev

BY Aaron Posner
DIRECTED BY Joel Greenberg

Gerald Sheff & Shanitha Kachan present a co-production with

Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company

November 4—26, 2017
Greenwin Theatre
Toronto Centre for the Arts
5040 Yonge Street, Toronto

A young Jewish artist is torn between his Hasidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his creative promise. As his genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents and community, he must make a difficult choice between art and faith. This stirring adaptation of a modern classic presents a triumphant and heartbreaking vision of what it means to be an artist.

DIRECTED BY Joel Greenberg
FEATURING Jonas Chernick, Ron Lea, and Sarah Orenstein
LIGHTING DESIGN Kimberly Purtell
Brandon Kleiman
 Thomas Ryder Payne
Laura Baxter
Bradley Dunn

MY NAME IS... Poster design by Jessica KimLobby Exhibit

During the run of the play, the Greenwin Theatre lobby was be animated by the deeply personal and evocative work of Martingrove Collegiate Institute’s Grade 11 and 12 visual art students. This multidisciplinary exhibit features painting, drawing, installation and sculpture, reflecting the play’s universal theme of identity. Studio 180 Theatre and Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company were proud to showcase the incredible talents of Martingrove students, in an exhibit that celebrates the rich diversity of Toronto. The exhibit was curated by teacher Christina Yarmol and supported by Studio 180 IN CLASS.

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“What makes this production work so well is the extent to which the actors inhabit their characters, living within the desires, beliefs and conflicts that are depicted.”
★★★1/2☆ TORONTO STAR – Read the review…

“Director Joel Greenberg guides this production with a sure hand, and it crackles with explosive emotion.”
★★★☆ INTERMISSION MAGAZINERead the review…

“Perhaps what is enduring in appeal about Potok’s story is that it is about art and religion but doesn’t seem to favour one over the other – and perhaps that makes it unconventional in its own way and appeal to audiences that many similar stories don’t.”
★★★☆ GLOBE AND MAILRead the review…

“Such a moving story, so beautifully directed and brought to life by your very committed and captivating performers.” – TRACY T.

“In one sentence. It was one of the best pieces of theater I have ever seen. I am a voracious theater goer and was amazed [by] the the performance. I think everyone felt as I did…This was perfection in every way.” – ANONYMOUS

“The acting seemed to authentically render the characters. There was a sensitive balance between the underlying shock in Asher Lev’s pursuit of his art and obsession and the relationship with his family and his culture. We saw the tension of straddling these two divergent forces. Thus, the compulsion driving his art came about not so much as a surprise but rather a tension-filled motion that threatened a major collision. The muting of the collision left the audience wondering and perhaps still hopeful of the resolution of these great contradictions.” – GORD D.

“It is a thought provoking, heartfelt, controversial and insightful story of the ever present conflict between modernity and tradition…I took my teenaged grandson and he was amazed and wanted to analyze, discuss and even see it again.” – CAROL A.