Begin the Holiday Holiday season with a virtual, Community Selichot Program. Hosted by the Kehillah of Chester County and the Kehillah of Delaware County, join us for a musical havdalah, theatrical performance, learning discussion and a concluding selichot service. We will be joined by Theatre Ariel for a performance of “Oh My G-d,” a stirring dramedy by the late Israeli playwright Anat Gov about what could happen if G-d walked into a therapist’s office.
This event is in partnership with Congregation Beth El - Ner Tamid, Congregation Beth Israel of Media, Congregation B'nai Jacob, Congregation Hesed Shel Emet, Congregation Or Shalom, Kesher Israel Congregation, and Temple Brith Achim
Sep 17, 2022 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Theatre Ariel and the Kehillah of Chester and Delaware Counties Present:
Translated from the Hebrew by Anthony Berris and Margalit Rodgers
Presented through Special Arrangement with
The Hanoch Levin Institute of Israeli Drama
Ella - Alana Gerlach
Lior - DJ Gleason
God - Seth Reichgott
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
ANAT GOV (Playwright) - Anat Gov was born in 1953 in Tiberias. She studied at the Tel Aviv University Department of Theatre Arts. Writing for television: Zehu Ze (Educational TV, 1981-1991), Yes, What? (comedy series, Channel One), Evening With Gov (Channel Two), and Best Friends (drama series, HOT). Writing for theatre: Love to Death (1991, Jerusalem Khan Theatre), Best Friends (1999, Cameri Theatre), which won the 2000 Israeli Theatre Award for Best Comedy, Lysistrata 2000 (2001, Cameri Theatre), Opposing Sides, a joint project of Israeli and Palestinian playwrights for Theater Heilbronn in Germany (2003), Househusband (Cameri Theatre), which won the 2004 Israeli Theatre Award for Best Comedy, The Troupe, a stage adaptation of the musical (2007, Habima National Theatre), Oh, My God! (2008, Cameri Theatre), A Warm Family (2009, Cameri Theatre), Happy Ending (2012, Cameri Theatre). Translations: Via Dolorosa by David Hare, and Mother Courage by Bertolt Brecht (Cameri Theatre). She was a columnist for the daily Yedioth Ahronoth, and one of the founders of the Ezrat Nashim organization for victims of sexual assault.
JESSE BERNSTEIN (Director) is the Artistic Director of Theatre Ariel. His directing credits outside of TA include: Gift of the Magi, It’s a Wonderful Life, Shipwrecked!, Little Mermaid, Jr., Aladdin, Jr. Honk, Jr. (Walnut Street Theatre); Complete History of Comedy (Abridged) (Cardinal Stage); Peter and the Starcatcher (Drexel University); Heathers: The Musical (Penn Players); Young Voices (Philadelphia Young Playwrights); Secret in the Wings, Mary’s Wedding, Achilles in Sparta (NHSI); and the short film “Allergy” (available on YouTube). Jesse is also a writer, teacher and actor. He continues to tour his solo shows, Ethics of the Fathers and The Scribe.
DJ GLEASON (Lior) is thrilled to be performing with Theatre Ariel again after appearing in their productions of Oh God and Trayf. Other credits include: Changing Channels (Fulton Theatre), Mikey the Elf, Biloxi Blues, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Act II Playhouse), King Lear, Awake and Sing! (Quintessence Theatre Group), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Oldcastle Theatre Company).
ALANA GERLACH (Ella) has made Theatre Ariel an artistic home, starting with playing the Muse in The Muse in the Museum to many other significant roles with Theatre Ariel, including the acclaimed portrayal of Sherri Mandell in The Blessings of a Broken Heart and Ella in Oh, God. Philadelphia credits include; Theatre Ariel, Act II Playhouse, Hedgerow, Bristol Riverside Theatre, People’s Light and Theatre Company, MumPuppet Theatre, and New City Stage. She also wrote and performed her own one-woman show, "Belonging," as part of Philadelphia's SoLo Festival. Alana has an MFA in Acting. She is always excited to be working with Theatre Ariel.
SETH REICHGOTT (God) is pleased to once again be working with Theatre Ariel. A Philadelphia-based actor, director, and writer, he has directed or appeared on stage at the Walnut Street Theatre, the Wilma, the Arden, Baltimore Shakes, Rep Stage, Interact, the Lantern, Tongue & Groove, and Cape May Stage, among many others. He has twice been a co-recipient of the Barrymore Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play and was nominated for a 2010 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor. For more than 20 years Seth also performed solo assemblies and taught theatre residencies in schools across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and New England. Seth is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.