From the Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids website:
My Name is Asher Lev
Adapted by Aaron Posner
Based on the book by Chaim Potok
Directed by: Jason Marlett
Show Dates: November 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19 and 20th, 2011
How do you stay true to yourself when you’re split in two? This question is explored in Aaron Posner’s adaptation of Chaim Potok’s beloved novel. Asher Lev is a young Hasidic Jew in New York with an astonishing talent for art and a deep connection to his religious faith and family. His two conflicting loyalties come to a head in this poignant coming of age story when young Asher is forced to make a difficult decision between family and vocation, and between his love for God and his desperate need to make art. Asher’s father asks what he is trying to accomplish with his paintings, while his mother asks why he doesn’t depict prettier, happier things. Swirling around the heart of “My Name is Asher Lev” are questions about the meaning and necessity of art that will strike close to home for any artist today. Because of the smaller seating capacity of Spectrum’s Black Box Theater two extra Wednesday performances of this show have been added to the run.
The cast includes: Owen McIntee, Rachel Van Dyke, Mike Smolinski and Bill Hoffinger
Go to www.jtgr.org for more information.