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.
Jim Jack (Director of Education and Community Artistic Programming) is the Director of Education and Community Artistic Programming for George Street Playhouse. Jim joined the playhouse in 2010, and as Director leads GSP's Academy, Artist-in-Residence Programs, Educational Touring Theatre, and Community Artistic Programming Initiatives that annually serve over 30,000 students and patrons. Jim designed and developed GSP’s innovative Artist-in-Residence Programs, which each year provides arts integration professional development for teachers and hands-on theatre arts learning for over 3,500 students in 150 classrooms throughout New Jersey. As recognition for his leadership in the field of arts education, Jim received the 2017 New Jersey Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service in Theatre Arts Education.
As a professional director, recent credits include The Immigrant, Trying, My Name is Asher Lev (*The Star Ledger’s Best Production of 2016) and Terra Incognita for George Street Playhouse’s mainstage. In 2014, Jim produced, devised and directed Our Town Now, an original play based on fifty oral interviews with people who live and work in New Brunswick. For GSP's Educational Touring Theatre, Jim has commissioned, produced and directed Gabi Goes Green! and Austin the Unstoppable, new musicals about climate change and type II diabetes. Jim recently wrote and produced Anytown, a musical about the opioid crisis and its impact on New Jersey families.
Prior to George Street Playhouse, Jim worked for Roundabout Theatre Company. He co-founded Bronx Theatre High School and served as Roundabout Theatre Company’s Project Coordinator and Master Teaching Artist at the school for eight years. As a teaching artist, Jim has worked with the 92nd Street Y, ArtsConnection, Metropolitan Opera Guild, and Northern Stage.
Jim received his MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting at George Washington University. Favorite New York and Regional acting credits include: Horatio in Hamlet: Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing; Banquo in Macbeth; the Bastard in King John; John Hale in The Crucible; Jacques in As You Like It; Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet; and Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath.
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)