My Name is Asher Lev


Date: May 5, 2016 — June 5, 2016
Days & Times:

Wednesday & Thursday: 7:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 8:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm
No performance on May 8th, 11th & 18th


Running Time: 90 Minutes
Price: $28

By Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
Directed by Maura Hanlon


Presented with the generous support of our season sponsors:    capeairlogobluewebsite_4  


Summary

Cape Rep opens it’s 2016 season with the Cape Cod premiere of My Name is Asher Lev, by Aaron Posner, adapted from the acclaimed novel by Chaim Potok.  This gripping drama tells the story of a young man in post-war Brooklyn whose budding artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his strict orthodox faith and his deeply religious parents. Adapted from the best selling novel by Chaim Potok (author of The Chosen) and winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Off Broadway play My Name is Asher Lev asks how can you choose between art and faith when your soul cries out for both?


Cast

Asher
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Marty Brent* (Asher) a New York City based actor, he is delighted and honored to return to the Cape Rep family after being away for a couple years performing in New York and around the country. Having previously been seen in numerous productions at the Rep, including, Bottom of the Sky, Next to Normal, My Fair Lady and Spamalot, he is excited to share this stage again with such a hardworking and dedicated cast and crew. A big thanks to everyone who made this show possible and a special thanks to his family and friends for all their unconditional support.

The Women
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Amanda Collins* (The Women)  Amanda previously appeared at Cape Rep in Good Bye Mary Rose. Regional theatre: Out of Sterno (IRNE Nomination, Best Actress), This Is Our Youth, 9 Circles (Gloucester Stage Company); The Seagull (Harbor Stage/Modern Theatre); A Behanding in Spokane, The Bald Soprano, Speech and Debate, Shortstack, Colorado, and What Then (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater); When The World Was Green, An Ideal Husband (American Stage in Florida);  Taste of Sunrise (Wheelock Family Theater); 9 Circles (Publick Theatre); The Island of Slaves (Orfeo Group); No Exit (Payomet); Brecht’s The Life of Galileo (Underground Railway); Saving Kitty with Jennifer Coolidge (Nora Theatre Company); Back the Night (Boston Playwrights’); and Jester’s Dead  (The Outfit in NYC.) Television: Olive Kitteridge (HBO), Boston’s Finest (ABC Pilot) Film: Sea of Trees. Amanda received her BA in History and Theatre from Regis College and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

The Men
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Neil McGarry* (The Men) is very happy to be returning to Cape Rep. Neil last appeared at Cape Rep in Maura Hanlon’s productions of Steel Pier and The Rose Tattoo and , on a side note, his first job out of drama school was in Cape Rep’s 1988 production of Macbeth. For the last three years Neil has been the artistic director (and founder) of The Bay Colony Shakespeare Company. For the BCSC: A Christmas Carol – 2013 Best Of Boston, 2014 IRNE Award “Best Solo Performance, Burbage – Cape Cod Times “2013 Critics Favorites” & “Best Play”, & New York Int. Fringe Festival, Hamlet (Hamlet), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), Macbeth (MacDuff), Hamlet (directed, Ghost/Player King), The Winter’s Tale (Leontes) & A Midsummer Night’s Dream (directed, Theseus/Oberon).  Neil has worked around the U.S. and in New England, theaters include: New York Classical Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Excalibur Theatre Co. (Los Angeles), Actors Shakespeare Project, Stoneham Theatre, Lyric Stage Co. of Boston, Worcester Foothills Theatre, New Rep on Tour, Seacoast Rep, North Shore Music Theatre, and was a company member for 10 years at the Publick Theatre under Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos. Film and television credits include: Frank The Bastard, Edge Of Darkness, The Proposal, Killing Dinner, Fall Apart, Absent Father, Bust, Stranger, and Stuff Stephanie In The Incinerator, PBS/American Experience: Alexander Hamilton, ABC TV’s All My Children, and Showtime’s Brotherhood.

* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under Special Appearance Contract.


Creative

Director & Sound Design
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Maura Hanlon (Director and Sound Design) is the Associate Artistic Director at Cape Rep Theatre where she has directed many, many plays including 2015’s Failure: A Love Story and La Cage aux Folles. She’ll helm this season’s My Name is Asher Lev and Peter and the Starcatcher. Favorite directing credits include Failure…, Jerusalem, Eurydice, Wintertime, The Rose Tattoo (Cape Rep), and Peter Pan and Wendy (HJT). Mo is a sometime actor (including Cape Rep’s The Drowsy Chaperone, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, and most recently, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play), a frequent sound designer (including for last season’s productions of Failure: A Love Story and Mr. Burns, a post-electric play) and a playwright (Good Bye, Mary Rose, Dinosaur Pirates from Outerspace! and Alice in Wonderland). Mo is a Holy Cross grad who studied acting and directing at Trinity Rep Conservatory, and received her MFA in directing from UCSD. Twice nominated for the prestigious Richard E. Sherwood Award at the Mark Taper Forum, many of her productions have been named among the favorites in the Cape Cod Times annual “Favorite Shows of….” She is a well-respected acting teacher and coach and teaches acting and directing through Cape Rep’s Theatrelab and for the Harwich Junior Theatre. Special thanks to her incredibly supportive family, Art, Paddo, Seamus, and Macklin. maurahanlon.com

Scenic Design
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Ryan McGettigan (Scenic Design) Cape Rep credits: Failure: A Love Story, Evita, La Cage aux Folles, Jerusalem, Next to Normal, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Anna Christie, Avenue Q, Xanadu, Dirty Blonde, A Class Act, Eurydice, Side Man, Beauty Queen of Leenane and Circle Mirror Transformation. Recent designs in the Northeast include The Odyssey (World Premiere), Trouble in Tahiti (Glimmerglass Festival), Julius Caesar (Shakespeare & Co./ Orlando Shakespeare Theatre), and The Fabulous Lipitones (WHAT). Regional credits: Heathers, Sweet Potato Queens (World Premiere), First Date (Houston Press, Best Musical 2015), Striking 12, Bonnie & Clyde (TUTS Undergound), Smokey Joe’s Cafe ( Theatre Under the Stars ), Marie Antoinette (Houston Press Best Scenic Design, 2015), The Language Archive (Stages Theatre, Houston–2013 BATEH Scenic Design Award, Broadway World Houston Best Scenic Design nominee), The Birds, The Cherry Orchard, The Importance of Being Earnest, Doctor Faustus, Ubu Roi (Classical Theatre Company), Boom (Black Lab Theatre, 2013 BATEH Award Nominee), Mother Divine (New York Musical Theatre Festival), Next to Normal, Much Ado About Nothing (Abilene Shakespeare Festival), 9 to 5 The Musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Legacy eatre, Atlanta). International: Henry V, As You Like It, Complete Work of William Shakespeare Abridged, Richard III (Prague Shakespeare Company, Czech Republic). Opera: The Magic Flute (San Jose Opera), Die Fledermaus, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Marriage of Figaro (New Orleans Opera), Bound, From My Mother’s Mother, Your Name Means the Sea (World Premieres) (Houston Grand Opera – HGOco). Ballet: Tsuru (World Premeire) (Houston Ballet/Asia Society Texas). Upcoming projects include Million Dollar Quartet ( Theatre Under the Stars), Wilde Tales, a world premiere youth opera commissioned by the Glimmerglass Festival, Cooperstown, NY. RyanMcGettigan.com

Lighting Design
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William Samson (Lighting Design) Attended USC from 2007- 2011 and graduated with a BFA in Theatrical Design focusing on Lighting Design. He currently works and lives in NYC continually striving to find new and engaging stories
to tell within the medium of live entertainment.

Costume Design
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Carol Sherry (Costume Design) is a freelance costume and wig designer who divides her time between New York City and Cape Cod. Carol’s 30- year career extends to Broadway, off-Broadway, regional and international theater. She is widely known on the Cape for her extensive work for many of the area’s companies including Payomet Performing Arts Center, Wellfleet Harbor Actors’ Theater, The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival, and Peregrine Theatre Ensemble. She is excited to join Cape Rep for this beautiful production.

Props
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Melissa Becker (Props) is a graduate of Emerson College. As an original member of Cape Rep, she acted in many shows. Her favorites include Fallen Angels, Good People, Gaslight, and Footlight Fantasies. She is co-founder of Cape Rep Children’s Theatre where she directed Charlotte’s Web, James and the Giant Peach, Stuart Little, House at Pooh Corner, and Raggedy Ann. Melissa is excited to be working on the other side of the curtain where the magic happens and where she has won awards for prop design, stage managed with summer stock companies, and held the position of Technical Director at Nauset High School.

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Susan Wasson (Props) is best known at Cape Rep as the Co-Creator of Footlight Fantasies. She loves to raise money for the theater by getting on stage with an audience-rousing lip-sync. She is a doll artist and uses recyclables, discarded metal and wood, broken trinkets, found objects, and once- loved dolls to create new characters in her home studio. Making props for the theater, like handcrafting her dolls, is a process of fanciful art making. Prop credits include Failure: A Love Story, Evita, and La Cage aux Folles.

Stage Manager
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Kate Gulden (Stage Manager) is thrilled to return to Cape Rep for the 2016 season, having previously stage managed Outside Mullingar (2015); One Man, Two Guvnors (2014); 9-Ball (2013) and assistant stage managed Evita (2015) and The Light in the Piazza (2014). Most recently, she assistant stage managed The Chosen and I Hate Hamlet at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, CT, and stage managed Bartlett Theatre’s inaugural production, The Glass Menagerie in her home state of NC. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College where she earned a BA in English and Theatre Arts. Favorite credits at Gettysburg include Stage Manager for In the Next Room (or the vibrator play), As You Like It, Bonnie & Clyde; and Director for The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) and Murder by Poe. Kate also serves as head of public relations and managing editor for Sunset Liminal Press and their flagship literary magazine, Sunset Liminal.

** Member of SDC, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society


Gallery

Photos courtesy of Bob Tucker Focalpoint Studios.


Reviews

Stunning ‘My Name is Asher Lev’ at Cape Rep Theatre in Brewster
“With a stellar cast, unerring direction, excellent technical production and a flawlessly performed script that packs an emotional punch, this play is a must-see.” – Debi Boucher Stetson, Barnstable Patriot

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Cape Rep’s Powerful ‘My Name Is Asher Lev’ Stays With You
“Along with the spectacular performances of these three actors, Cape Rep’s Director, Maura Hanlon with Ryan McGettigan’s scenic design and William Sammon’s lighting have created a stunning tableau…” – Amy Tagliaferri, The Chatham Chronicle

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‘Asher Lev’: art, religion and the search for identity
“…a moving commentary on the power of art to both hurt and heal.” – Kay Keough, Cape Cod Times

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