Friday, September 19, 2014

oct 7-18 | my rabbi

PT audiences will remember Kayvon Kelly from his charismatic performance in MOTHER TERESA IS DEAD a couple seasons ago. After that production we talked together about a two-hander Kayvon had created with his close friend Joel Bernbaum, exploring the challenges faced by friends who find themselves on different sides of a religious, cultural and politically charged divide. We haven't found a place for it yet in a Pacific Theatre season, so I'm thrilled that they found a home for the show at the Firehall.  If THE RAINMAKER rehearsal schedule allows, I'll definitely be going to see this one. (Oh! And it's directed by Julie MacIsaac - MEASURE FOR MEASURE, SPITFIRE GRILL, MOTHER TERESA...)

oct 7-18
tue - sat 8pm | wed 1pm pwyc | sat 4pm | sun 3pm

Arya and Jacob were both born in Saskatoon and have been best friends since high school. Arya’s father is Iranian and his mother is Irish-Catholic. Jacob comes from a long line of rabbis. The unlikely pair laugh at their respective cultural differences; dubbing themselves ‘the Jew and the Muslim’. As they grow up, their own spiritual journeys lead them in divergent directions that will change their lives forever. This thought-provoking comedic drama about the lines that occur between faith and friendship is created and performed by real-life friends Kayvon Kelly (Chelsea Hotel) and Joel Bernbaum.

“Kayvon Kelly and Joel Bernbaum show the grey areas around this contentious subject… funny and poignant… its message of togetherness has never felt more vital.” The Stage, Edinburgh

“I’m glad we’re telling our story when we are because this is the time to encourage dialogue,” Kayvon Kelly, Globe & Mail interview


“This play was my favourite show this year, the topic was hugely relevant and the actors moved me to tears. We took a punt on this play after having been handed a flyer something we rarely do, but I’m so glad we did. Many thanks to the fantastic actors who clearly put their hearts and souls into this performance.” Karen

“Phenomenally relevant examination of perception, culture, pre-conception, religion and conflict. Well worth seeing.” Elizabeth

“The two actors were very credible and talented, taking you on a journey of humour, sadness and poignancy… A must see. One of the best things we have seen over nearly 20 years of Edinburgh Fringe attendance.” Michelle

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