My Name is Asher Lev

By Aaron Posner
Adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
A co-production with the Segal Centre

Tom Hendry Warehouse

"Reale's gripping performance as Asher is polished, kinetic and vivacious...a compelling piece of art about art and tradition"
– CBC Manitoba

For as long as he can remember, Asher Lev wanted to draw. Needed to draw. Every surface was a canvas for his mystifying gift. Asher's family life is steeped in tradition and his passion for art soon conflicts with his belief system.

This production will have an American Sign Language-interpreted performance on October 25.

My Name is Asher Lev runs approximately 90 minutes (no intermission).




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The Women Ellen David

Ellen David

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Includes God of Carnage, The St. Leonard Chronicles (Centaur); Equus, Travesties (Segal); The Daily Miracle (Infinithéatre); Mom’s the Word (Just for Laughs); over 200 performances as Anna in Mambo Italiano. Directing credits include The Book of Bob (Centaur); The Leisure Society (Infinithéatre); Love, Loss and What I Wore, which she also produced and performed in (Centaur); Moonlight and Magnolias (Theatre Lac Brome). Next spring Ellen will be directing Pulitzer Prize-winning Clybourne Park for Centaur Theatre.

FILM/TV Ellen has been a regular on more than nine television series, including CBC’s 18 to Life and Ciao Bella. Film credits include Brooklyn, The Stork Derby and reprising her role as Mrs. Glatt in the upcoming Goon: Last of the Enforcers.

ET CETERA An accomplished and versatile stage and screen actor, Ellen has received many accolades for her work, including the 2015 ACTRA Award of Excellence and the ACTRA Award for Outstanding Female Performance for Surviving My Mother.

The Men Alex Poch-Goldin

Alex Poch-Goldin

ROYAL MTC Scorched, King Lear, Quills, Broadway Bound, Six Degrees of Separation.

OTHER THEATRE Originally from Montreal, Alex has worked on stages across the country. Credits include: Incident at Vichy, The Dybbuk (Soulpepper); Harper Regan, Angels in America (year-long run), Wit, Intimate Apparel, The Comedy of Errors, Our Class (CS); Scorched, Remnants, Democracy (Tarragon); The Ugly One (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Belle (NAC). Operas: The Shadow (Tapestry); From the House of Mirth, Against Nature, created with James Kudelka. Playwriting: Cringeworthy, This Hotel (Passe Muraille); Yahrzeit (Jewish Playwriting Award/German tour); The Bad Luck Bank Robbers, The Right Road to Pontypool (4th Line).

FILM/TV Cardinal, The Calling, Defiance, Good God, The Kennedys, Flashpoint.

TRAINING Graduate of the Dome Theatre.

ET CETERA Alex has been nominated for five Dora Awards and one Jessie.

Asher Lev David Reale

David Reale

ROYAL MTC First appearance.

OTHER THEATRE Includes: Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet (Classical Theatre Project); The Great Gatsby (Lower Ossington Theatre); Pvt. Wars, The Fatal Gazogene (Red One Theatre Collective); Claire, From the Bus (Storefront Theatre); Ghost Stories (Mirvish); Stag and Doe (Theatre Orangeville).

FILM/TV Suits, Private Eyes, Merry Matrimony and Bang Bang Baby, which was awarded the Best Canadian First Feature at TIFF in 2014.


Artistic Team

Playwright Aaron Posner

Aaron Posner

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 Repertory Theater, 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 have 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 Fucking Bird, a variation on Chekhov’s The Seagull. Aaron was raised in Eugene, Oregon, graduated from Northwestern University, is an Eisenhower Fellow, and lives near Washington, DC.

Director Steven Schipper

Steven Schipper

ROYAL MTC Selected: Unnecessary Farce, Billy Elliot The Musical, Late Company, The Glass Menagerie, Gone With the Wind, The Drowsy Chaperone (with TC), Fiddler on the Roof, the world premieres of Maureen Hunter’s Atlantis (with TC), Mark Stein’s Mating Dance of the Werewolf (with Rubicon), Olaf Pyttlik’s The Wave and Bruce McManus’ A Christmas Carol, and the Canadian premieres of Quills, Proposals (with Mirvish) and Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile (with NAC).

OTHER THEATRE Stratford, Shaw, Centaur, Segal, Mirvish, Theatre Plus (Toronto), Toronto Free, YPT, Persephone, TC, VP, Rubicon Theatre (Ventura, CA).

TRAINING McGill, Bishop’s, National Theatre School of Canada.

ET CETERA In 2007, Steven received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Winnipeg. In 2012, he was appointed to the Order of Canada and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2015, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Manitoba.

Set Designer Martin Ferland

Martin Ferland

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Martin has created over 100 sets for the theatre, variety shows and museums. Of late, his set designs include: L’importance d’être Constant and L’École des femmes (TNM); La Cerisaie (Compagnie Jean Duceppe); Les fourberies de Scapin (Théâtre du Rideau Vert/Juste Pour Rire); the Québec creations Le vrai Monde?, Les nouilles, Je ne t’aime pas, Les filles du 5-10-15, Le faucon; and the musicals Hairspray, Chantons sous la pluie, Shérazade, les mille et une nuits and Les filles de Caleb. He also designed the sets for the exhibit Mr. Rabbit’s Circus (Musée McCord).

TRAINING/TEACHING A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Martin teaches at Theatre Option at Collège Lionel-Groulx.

ET CETERA Martin received the Gascon-Roux Award for Best Set Design in 2003 (TNM) for Les Joyeuses Commères de Windsor.

Costume Designer Louise Bourret

Louise Bourret

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Louise Bourret is an Artistic Coordinator and Designer with over 20 years of experience in the performing arts. She has worked with hair, makeup, set design, costumes and stage management, and has worked with such companies as Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Éloize, Festival des FrancoFolies de Montréal, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Légendes Fantastiques, Cavalia, Era: Intersection of Time (Shanghai) and many more. Her Segal Centre credits include Guys and Dolls, Sherlock Holmes, The Seagull, Glengarry Glen Ross, Top Girls, Funny Girl (Head of Wardrobe), The Secret Annex, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz: The Musical (Assistant Costume Designer), Soul Doctor: Journey of a Rock Star Rabbi, The Dybbuk, Tribes, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, The Producers (Costume Designer) and Travesties, for which she won the 2015 Montreal English Theatre Award (META) for Outstanding Costume Design.

Lighting Designer Hugh Conacher

Hugh Conacher

ROYAL MTC Things We Do For Love, Seminar (with Mirvish), The Woman in Black, Cabaret (2015), The Glass Menagerie (2014, 1989/90), Venus in Fur, The Penelopiad, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, After Miss Julie, Macbeth (with English Suitcase Theatre Company), Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Beautiful Lake Winnipeg, A Walk in the Woods, Frankenstein: Playing with Fire.

OTHER THEATRE Hugh has collaborated with choreographers, visual artists and dance and theatre companies worldwide for over 30 years. In Winnipeg, his work has been seen with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, QDance, Gearshifting Performance Works, Theatre Projects Manitoba and Manitoba Theatre for Young People, to name a few.

ET CETERA Hugh enjoys working beyond the constraints of traditional lighting design using various forms of interactive media, video and photography. His photographic work resides in private collections and has been published worldwide. Hugh is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada.

Original Sound Designer Emily Auciello

Emily Auciello

Emily Auciello is a New York-based freelance sound designer. In New York City, she has worked at the Signature Theatre, Women’s Project, HERE Arts Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Ohio, JACK, IRT, Under St. Marks, NY Fringe. Regionally, she has worked for the Two River Theater Company, Delaware Theater Center and Penguin Rep.

Assistant Director Rafaella Rosenberg

Rafaella Rosenberg

ROYAL MTC First engagement.

OTHER THEATRE Director/Choreographer – Spring Awakening, Choreographer – Into the Woods, Co-Director/Choreographer – RENT (Theatre Western).

TRAINING University of Miami Department of Theatre Arts, Ivey Business School.

ET CETERA I would like to thank Steven and the Royal MTC staff for this incredible opportunity. As always, this one’s for you, mom.

Stage Manager Leslie Watson

Leslie Watson

ROYAL MTC Stage Manager: Myth of the Ostrich, Late Company, Cabaret, Venus in Fur, The Melville Boys (tour), Wingfield On Ice (tour), Looking Back – West, Bad Dates (tour). Assistant Stage Manager: Billy Elliot The Musical, Jane Eyre, Gone With the Wind, Grumpy Old Men: The Musical, White Christmas, Pride and Prejudice, Fiddler on the Roof, Educating Rita (tour), Guys and Dolls (with TC/Citadel).

OTHER THEATRE Over 50 productions at theatres around Winnipeg, including: Rainbow Stage, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Shakespeare in the Ruins and Manitoba Theatre for Young People.

TRAINING Graduate of Sheridan College and member of CAEA.

ET CETERA Love to Mr. Watson, from the new Mrs. Watson.

Production Sponsor Jewish Foundation of Manitoba

Jewish Foundation of Manitoba

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“… an utterly absorbing evening of theatre that is intellectually stimulating and, at times, emotionally overwhelming” – Montreal Gazette • Read the full review

“Steven Schipper’s clean staging and direction keeps the existential struggle on its feet … thought provoking … profoundly human and thoroughly inspiring” – Montreal Theatre Hub • Read the full review

About the Author

Chaim Potok (1929–2002)

Chaim Potok began his career as a novelist in 1967 with the publication of The Chosen. The book was a success, generating a film adaption in 1981 and even a previous musical version for the stage. In 1969, he wrote a sequel, The Promise. Subsequent novels are My Name is Asher Lev, In the Beginning, The Book of Lights, Davita's Harp, The Gift of Asher Lev, I Am The Clay and his last book, a collection of three novellas called Old Men At Midnight. His body of work also contains many nonfiction publications and several books for children. Other works for theatre include Out of Depths, Sins of the Father and The Play of Lights. He served as editor for both Conservative Judaism and The Jewish Publication Society. In addition to his writing, Potok was an ordained rabbi and held a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He lived in Merion, Pennsylvania until 2002 and is survived by his wife Adena and their children Rena, Naama and Akiva.


About the Adapter

Aaron Posner

Aaron Posner is a co-founder and former Artistic Director of the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia, and the former Artistic Director of Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, New Jersey. He received a Barrymore Award, with Chaim Potok, for their adaptation of The Chosen in 1999. Aaron has worked as a director and playwright at major regional theatres in the United States including the Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Portland Center StagE, Seattle Rep, Arizona Theatre Company, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, The Alliance Theatre, and many more. The Chosen, and his musical (with composer James Sugg), A Murder, A Mystery & A Marriage are published by Dramatists Play Service.