Aaron Posner is a Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning director and playwright. He is a founder and former Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre, is an Associate Artist at both the Folger Theatre and Milwaukee Repertoy Theatre, and has directed at major regional theatres from coast to coast including the Folger, Seattle Rep, Portland Center Stage, The Alliance, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Arizona Theatre Company, Milwaukee Rep, California Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Roundhouse Theatre, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Theatre J, American Player’s Theatre and many more. His adaptations include Chaim Potok’s The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev (both of which has enjoyed successful runs at more than 50 other theatres across the country), Ken Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion, Mark Twain’s A Murder, A Mystery and a Marriage, an adaptation of three Kurt Vonnegut short stories, entitled Who Am I This Time?(And Other Conundrums of Love) and Stupid F**king Bird, a variation on Chekhov’s Seagull. Aaron was raised in Eugene, Oregon, graduated from Northwestern University, is an Eisenhower Fellow, and lives near Washington, DC.
My Name is Asher Lev in spring 2016 marked Jim’s first time directing for GSP’s mainstage. In June 2016, he directed a new play at GSP, Terra Incognita, exploring the toxic waste legacy of New Jersey as part of the "Dirty Little Secrets" media campaign. Directing credits for GSP’s Educational Tour and Community-based programs include: Our Town Now; Gabi Goes Green!; Austin the Unstoppable; IRL: in real life; New Kid; Peacemaker; and Break the Chains. Additional New York and regional credits include: The Road; Where is Home?; The Way It Was; K2 (Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Direction); Life and Limb; The Dumb Waiter; and The Zoo Story. Jim is the Director of Education and Outreach for the George Street Playhouse. Jim wishes to thank David Saint, Kelly Ryman and the GSP staff and Board of Directors for their support. Jim dedicates this production to his family; their love has been the blessing of his life.
Bob Ari (The Men) returns to George Street Playhouse, where he starred as artist Mark Rothko in Red. Broadway: Act One, Frost/Nixon, The Constant Wife, Bells Are Ringing and Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Off-Broadway: The Late Christopher Bean, Die Mommie Die, Jolson & Co., June Moon, Witnessed by the World, Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Regional: Kiss Me Kate (The Shakespeare Theatre), Lombardi (Cleveland Play House, Arizona Theatre Co.), Sleuth, Witness for the Prosecution (Olney Theatre Center), Dracula, Twelve Angry Men (Pioneer), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Fulton Theatre), Art, Hotel Suite (Walnut Street Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (Galveston Outdoor Musicals) and three productions of Born Yesterday and Twelfth Night. Moscow Art Thetre Studio: The Three Sisters (Chebutykin), The Grapes of Wrath (ensemble & musical director). Tours: Frost/Nixon, West Side Story. Film: Two Lovers, Wanted, Kissing Jessica Stein, Music of the Heart, Cradle Will Rock. Over 30 television programs. Born and raised in Manhattan.
Miles G. Jackson
Miles G. Jackson returns to George Street after making his debut in last season’s nale, My Name is Asher Lev. Stage credits include Tribes (Barrington Stage), Harry and the Thief (The Habitat), 4000 Miles (Capital Rep). Recent lm credits include In Reality (Lumanova Pictures) and Flora (Pulp Pictures). Thank you to David and Rob for your collective brilliance, Priscilla for your generosity and knowledge, and this cast and crew for your never-ending talents. Pat, Kevin, and Sam – “somewhere in my youth or childhood,” etc. For Abby. www.milesgjackson.com
Lena Kaminsky (The Women) is thrilled to return to George Street Playhouse, where she was last seen in The Pillowman. Prior to that, she was a company member with GSP’s Educational Touring Theatre. Selected credits: Swimming in the Shallows (Kitchen Theatre Company); Outside Mullingar (Saint Michael’s Playhouse); In the Next Room, orThe Vibrator Play (Syracuse Stage); Frankie & Johnny in the Claire de Lune (Virginia Stage Company); Black Pearl Sings! (Portland Center Stage); Love, Janis (Kansas City Repertory Theatre); as well as work with Passage Theatre, Hartford TheaterWorks, Northern Stage, Chicago Shakespeare, Cleveland Play House and others. TV: Law & Order. www.LenaKaminsky.com
Adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
"Stunning...delicate, moving and deeply human" - The Star-Ledger
"A tour de force...inspired acting and outstanding staging" - NJArtsMaven.com
This award-winning play by Aaron Posner, based on the best-selling novel by Chaim Potok, tells the story of Asher Lev, a young Jew growing up in post-war Brooklyn whose artistic talent is apparent from an early age. He can’t imagine himself doing anything else and must create art at any cost, regardless of the will of his family, his community and tradition.
My Name is Asher Lev is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
News & Reviews
- THEATER REVIEW: Powerful 'My Name is Asher Lev' sends theatergoers to post-war Brooklyn - New Jersey Hills (4/28/2016)
- The Jewish Artist: Post World War II Brooklyn - History News Network (4/25/2016)
- George Street ends on a high note with ‘Asher Lev’ - Home News Tribune/MyCentralJersey.com (4/22/2016)
- 'My Name Is Asher Lev' - George Street Playhouse presents a powerful story of a young man torn between two traditions - The Princeton Packet/Time OFF (4/22/2016)
- “My Name is Asher Lev” Now at George Street Playhouse - Q on Stage (4/22/2016)
- ‘My Name Is Asher Lev’ is a timeless coming-of-age story - NJArts.net (4/22/2016)
- Theatre Review: “My Name is Asher Lev” at George Street Playhouse - New Brunswick Today (4/22/2016)
- My Name is Asher Lev: Linwood native returns to Jersey in starring role - New Jersey Stage (4/21/2016)
- BWW Review: MY NAME IS ASHER LEV at GSP is a True Gem at GSP - BroadwayWorld.com (4/21/2016)
- ‘My Name is Asher Lev’ Reveals Powerful Aura at George Street Playhouse - TAPinto.net (4/20/2016)
- George Street Review: ‘My Name Is Asher Lev’ - US1 (4/20/2016)
- George Street ends season on triumphant note with 'My Name is Asher Lev' - The Star-Ledger/NJ.com (4/19/2016)
- REVIEW: A STAR IS BORN IN GEORGE STREET PLAYHOUSE’S “MY NAME IS ASHER LEV” - NJ Arts Maven (4/19/2016)
- Theater: 'My Name Is Asher Lev' at New Brunswick's George Street Playhouse - The Times of Trenton/NJ.com (4/13/2016)
- Conversations – Cast of “My Name is Asher Lev” - Q on Stage (4/12/2016)
- On Art and Family: Miles G. Jackson is playing the title role in 'My Name is Asher Lev' at George Street - The Princeton Packet/Time OFF (4/8/2016)
- George Street presents ‘My Name is Asher Lev’ - Home News Tribune/MyCentralJersey.com (4/7/2016)
- BWW Interview: Bob Ari in MY NAME IS ASHER LEV at GSP - BroadwayWorld.com (4/6/2016)
- NJ native to play Chaim Potok character - New Jersey Jewish News (4/4/2016)