Tuesday, May 15, 2012

"The Brooklyn Crucifixion" by Chaim Potok inspires play of same name

"The Brooklyn Crucifixion" by Chaim Potok
NEW YORK - The conflict between art and religious tradition takes on extraordinary dimensions in My Name is Asher Lev, which is playing at the Long Wharf Theatre. The play opens in the 1950s in Brooklyn with a narration by Asher Lev (Ari Brand), who has been torn since childhood between his extraordinary gift for painting and drawing and his religious and cultural upbringing.  Asher’s fascination with nudes and crucifixes is not simply adolescent rebellion or flirting with forbidden fruit. The play, based on the Chaim Potok novel of the same name, is immensely powerful because the conflict can never be resolved. [link]