Hershey Area Playhouse Presents "My Name is Asher Lev"

Hershey Area Playhouse Presents My Name is Asher Lev

Dark Night Series Production Runs May 5-7, 2016

HERSHEY, Pa., April 14, 2016 – Hershey Area Playhouse is proud to present the first production of its newly relaunched Dark Night Series, My Name is Asher Lev, a story about a boy prodigy who must be a painter at any cost – against the will of family, community and tradition.

Written by Aaron Posner and adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok, My Name is Asher Lev follows the journey of a young Hasidic Jewish painter torn between his Hasidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents and community, young Asher realizes he must make a difficult choice between art and faith.

"We're really excited to perform this show for the Hershey and surrounding communities,” said Michael Ritter, the show’s director. “People will find a very stripped down, intimate show. It's raw, personal, and touches on a theme that connects us as humans." My Name is Asher Lev cast members include: Travis Zimmerman as Asher Lev; Malcolm Cohen as Aryeh Lev; Renee Howard as Rivkeh Lev; Neal Ambron as Jacob Kahn; Larry Sheaf as The Rebbe/Yitzchok Lev; and Valerie Schrader as Anna Schaeffer/Rachel.

Experience a boy’s struggle between art and faith in My Name is Asher Lev, running May 5-7, 2016 at the Playhouse, located at 830 Cherry Drive, Hershey. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Please note that this is a 90-minute performance without an intermission.

Tickets are $15 and are available by visiting or by calling the Playhouse's box office at 717-533-8525.

The Playhouse adopted the term “Dark Night," a term used by theatres when there is not a performance scheduled, a few years ago as part of a vision to incorporate a wider variety of entertainment to complement its five mainstage shows. The Playhouse is relaunching its Dark Night Series in 2016, bringing additional entertainment options, including different, edgier content shows to its mainstage. It will also include musical acts, as well as original works, comedy acts, and special events.