Mark Nelson and Jenny Bacon Join Cast of Off-Broadway's My Name is Asher Lev
By Andrew Gans
Additional casting has been announced for My Name is Asher Lev, Aaron Posner's new play based on Chaim Potok's best-selling novel that will begin previews Nov. 8 prior to an official opening Nov. 28 at Off-Broadway's Westside Theatre (407 W. 43rd Street).
As previously reported, Ari Brand, who played Asher Lev in the recent Long Wharf production, will re-create the title role Off-Broadway. He will be joined by the newly announced Mark Nelson and Jenny Bacon, who will play Asher Lev's parents, Aryeh and Rivkeh. Naama Potok has been cast as the understudy for the role of Asher's mother, Rivkeh; she is the daughter of the author Chaim Potok.
Gordon Edelstein directs.
Set in post-war Brooklyn, My Name is Asher Lev, according to press notes, tells the "powerful story of a boy prodigy who must paint at any cost -- against the will of family, community and tradition. It is a luminous portrait of a young artist with a universal theme to follow our passion."
The production will also feature set design by Eugene Lee, lighting design by James F. Ingalls, costume design by Ilona Somogyi and original music/sound design by John Gromada. Darren Bagert is lead producer.
Tickets for the 18-week limited engagement are available by visiting www.Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. Specially priced tickets will be offered for all performances for $36.
For more information visit www.AsherLevThePlay.com.
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