New Jewish Theatre presents ‘My Name is Asher Lev’

“My Name is Asher Lev”

Spencer Sickman stars in “My Name is Asher Lev” opening at New Jewish Theatre. Photo: Greg Lazerwitz

The New Jewish Theatre’s next production, “My Name is Asher Lev,” tells the coming-of-age story of a young prodigy in post-war Brooklyn, who must pursue his art at any cost – against the will of family, community and tradition. This adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist. 

The drama, by Aaron Posner, is adapted from the novel of Chaim Potok, an American author and rabbi, best known for his novel, “The Chosen.” Posner, also adapted “The Chosen” for the stage. 

The production at NJT will feature a cast member Spencer Sickman, making his NJT debut, as well as veteran actor Amy Loui. The production is directed by Aaron Sparks, making his NJT directorial debut. The creative team is comprised of Rob Milburn (scenery and lighting), Kareem Deanes (sound) and Michele Siler (costumes). 

“My Name is Asher Lev”runs Jan. 23- Feb. 9 at The J’s Wool Studio Theatre, 2 Millstone Campus Drive. Individual tickets are $47-$54, available by phone at 314-442-3283, or online at www.newjewishtheatre.org.