What Is the Story of My Name Is Asher Lev?
Set in post-war Brooklyn, My Name Is Asher Lev tells the story of a young art prodigy who must reconcile his passion for painting (particularly nudes and crucifixion pieces) with his life as a young Hasidic Jew. With the help of a gifted mentor, Asher reaches his full potential as an artist and learns exponentially about himself in the process. However, Asher's religious father cannot understand the artistic path his only son has chosen. When Asher's breakout piece causes controversy, he must decide whether to be true to himself or appease his family and community.
Clearly one of the best shows of the year.Review by Michael Giltz from The Huffington Post
The versatile Mr. [Mark] Nelson shines both as the father and as Jacob.Review by Rachel Saltz from The New York Times
What Is My Name Is Asher Lev Like?
My Name Is Asher Lev is a beautiful and moving stage adaptation of Chaim Potok's beloved 1972 book. The story takes place on a single set and features newcomer Ari Brand as the narrator and title character; two adult actors play all the other roles in the show, from Asher's art mentor to his parents to his rabbi. The 90-minute drama spans Asher's life from boyhood to adulthood. Fans of the novel will be pleasantly surprised at how easily the story translates to stage and those who may not know the story will fall in love with universal tale of self discovery.
Is My Name Is Asher Lev Good for Kids?
This classic coming-of-age story is a good choice for teens. The play tells the brave story of a young man who remains true to his dreams, even though it means alienating his family and the world he grew up in. Note: There is brief female nudity in the setting of an art studio.