Stephen Sachs is co-founder and co-artistic director of the Fountain Theatre, and a director, screenwriter, and playwright of considerable note. I recently caught Stephen’s thought-provoking, profound and riveting play, My Name Is Asher Lev, taken from Chaim Potok’s 1972 novel of the same name, adapted for the stage by Aaron Posner.
The play is set in the 1950s, in the Brooklyn home of a Hasidic Jewish family, where a six-year-old boy named Asher Lev discovers an amazing gift bubbling within him.
At a young age, the precocious Asher developed within him a strong fixation for art along with a focused, relentless, and positive can-do
Asher’s gift sends him on an amazing expedition of self-discovery and self-worth. The journey puts him at odds with his family’s expectations and religion,
all for the sake of his passion for art.
‘My Name Is Asher Lev' is a moving, challenging and thought-provoking play that crosses the lines of organized religion, ethnicity, and color, presenting for examination, on a universal level, readily identifiable social – human - conflicts. Follow me as we journey though the world of Director and Playwright Stephen
Renisha Marie: Who is Stephen Sachs?
Stephen Sachs: I am the Co-Artistic Director of the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, which I co-founded with Deborah Lawlor in 1990. I am a theatre director and playwright. I've been creating theatre in Los Angeles for thirty
Renisha Marie: Were there any personal parallels that brought you
to the story?
Stephen Sachs: My parents were always very supportive of me wanting to be a theatre artist, so I never faced the intense parental conflicts that Asher battles in the play. For me personally, the closest parallel to Asher's need to be an artist lies with my 18-year-old son, Daniel. He's an artist. Like Asher, he's been drawing since he was a little boy and it's very clear that art is the path
he is meant to follow.
Daniel reminds me of Asher in that he, too, has a gift and is passionate and determined to become who he is meant to be.
I wanted to do this play for my son.
Renisha Marie: What mindset did you have to possess in order
to come out winning over your adversities?
Stephen Sachs: Whether guiding the Fountain Theatre for twenty-four years or simply surviving as an artist, the mindset that has served me best is when I trust my own artistic instincts and follow my heart. The more one does that, the
more you develop an inner voice that speaks the truth to you and the more
you learn to listen to it.
The times when I've gotten myself into artistic trouble are the times when I refused to listen to what that inner voice was whispering.
Renisha Marie: What qualities were you probing for during casting?
Stephen Sachs: The play requires three exceptionally talented actors who must possess a very unique set of acting skills. Two of the actors play a variety of roles and must change character quickly, so you need actors with the technical skill to do that and who also possess the professional craft to be specific with each character and also have a deep emotional well that is truthful and honest. The actor playing Asher has the challenge of serving both as narrator and participant in the story. He must lead us on this journey and hold our attention, all the while being engaging and charming while wrestling with these very deep, profoundly personal struggles over family and self-identity. We must care about him deeply and want him to find his true way.
I'm blessed to have Jason, Joel and Anna-- three gifted actors who worked very hard and are utterly dedicated to serving the play at the highest level
Renisha Marie: What individual qualities did you see in Jason Karasev, Anna Khaja, and Joel Polis that made them stand out above the rest?
Stephen Sachs: I prefer working with actors I already know and trust. Jason was new to me; I had never seen him before. But, when Jason auditioned, there was no question in my mind that he was my Asher. He naturally had everything I was looking for: the right look, the intelligence, humor, charm, the ability to hold the stage as a storyteller, and the complexity and emotional depth as an actor Anna and Joel are both actors I've known and respected for years, although this is the first project we've actually worked on together. Anna has a remarkable authenticity as an actress; her river runs deep. Joel has tremendous versatility and a fierce dedication mixed with a delicious sense of humor. Together, the three of them blend marvelously and have developed into an extraordinary, seamless ensemble.
Renisha Marie: What do you love about your work?
Stephen Sachs: What I love most about theatre is when I see how the work we create changes lives. The moments of artistic expression that have given me the most satisfaction are the ones when I see audiences profoundly moved -- and somehow changed -- by what we've just experienced together. It's hard to pinpoint but you know it, you feel it, when it happens.
A connection happens between the actors on stage and the people in the audience, and between audience members themselves, when we all share in this deeply human experience and are somehow lifted and exalted by it. Moments like that make everything else worthwhile.
If you have a passion of any kind, then ‘My Name Is Asher Lev’ is the play for
Stephen Sachs Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_SachsFountain Theatre Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/TheFountainTheatre
Fountain Theatre website: https://www.fountaintheatre.com/
Carl foster comes from a disadvantaged background, nevertheless he has found the
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“I was born in the early 1970's. My early life was a struggle, including a difficult family life and battles at school due to learning difficulties. These plagued me during my school years and affected my personal development, and seemed to steal my hopes and dreams of success in life. My mother worried about me, about how I was going to survive in this world and live a normal life. I was like other kids in having hopes and dreams, but these were cancelled out by fear.” (http://www.selfmade.me.uk/selfmade.html)
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A seven year old boy who could not read or write publishes a self help book. Meet Carl Foster below.
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February 27,1965: Malcolm X's funeral services:
Days earlier a public viewing was held at Harlem's Unity Funeral Home from February 23 through February 26, and it was
between 14,000 and 30,000 mourners attended.
Among the civil rights leaders attending the funeral were John Lewis, Bayard Rustin and Ossie Davis.
9:20 A.M., Malcolm's body is moved from the Unity Funeral Home in Harlem to Bishop Alvin S. Child's Faith Temple Church of God in Christ at 1763 Amsterdam Avenue for the funeral services.
9:50 A.M., Approximately 1500 people attend the services, 500 of them outside the church itself. Services began which were presided over by playwright-actor/activist, Ossie Davis. Davis delivered the eulogy, describing Malcolm X as "our shining black prince":
“There are those who will consider it their duty, as friends of the Negro people, to tell us to revile him, to flee, even from the presence of his memory, to save ourselves by writing him out of the history of our turbulent times. Many will ask what Harlem finds to honor in this stormy, controversial and bold young captain—and we will smile. Many will say turn away—away from this man, for he is not a man but a demon, a monster, a subverter and an enemy of the black man—and we will smile. They will say that he is of hate—a fanatic, a racist—who can only bring evil to the cause for which you struggle! And we will answer and say to them: Did you ever talk to Brother Malcolm? Did you ever touch him, or have him smile at you? Did you ever really listen to him? Did he ever do a mean thing? Was he ever himself associated with violence or any public disturbance? For if you did you would know him. And if you knew him you would know why we must honor him.”
11:10 A.M., procession to Ferncliff Cemetery, Hartsdale.
11:35 A.M., arrives at cemetery.
12:45 P.M., graveside service concludes.
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Yung Jay R is back and he’s teamed up with
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Yes, honey! You read me right. Yung Jay R and Kurupt are killing the noise, killing the drama and killing the hate in 2014.
Yung Jay R is a victim of the struggle; however he’s not allowing that to limit him in any way. He’s speaking to his people in a language they understand petitioning
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He’s all about it; a native of Watts California encouraging his generation to
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Watts, Los Angeles: Watts is a high-density, youthful neighborhood with the highest percentage of families headed by single parents in the city.
The district was once a separate city but was consolidated with Los Angeles in 1926. As a major junction of railroad lines, Watts attracted many railroad workers as residents. The Watts railroad station is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Watts is noted for the Watts Towers and for the 1965 Watts Riots. The neighborhood also has a number of youth gangs. Residents engage in civic activities such as bicycling, a toy drive, a Christmas parade and an athletic tournament. There is local legitimate theater and a dance company. There is one library branch and four high schools. Watts has been the site of motion picture filming.(www.https://www.wikipedia.org/)
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Social Media Week is taking fashion to another dimension. Yes, honey! Retail stores like Acustom
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You can now turn your rainy days into vivid days. Geisha Teku integrates LED's into clothing and umbrellas.
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