In this post from the Roundhouse Theater Blog, Director Jeremy Skidmore shares why his recent project Asher Lev is so personally meaningful. An excerpt:
“When Aaron Posner first gave me a copy of the script he adapted from Chaim Potok’s novel I immediately saw my life unfold as Asher Lev navigated the waters of his passion for his art and his relationship to family. My grandfather was a Baptist minister who spoke to me often about the importance of devoting oneself to God and to family by placing both at the very center of life and love. As I grew older, he began to reveal his desire for me to pursue ministry, seeing in me the power to lead, with a faithful heart, those I came into contact with. When I was 18 years old, he had a heart attack, and over the course of the next three months, he slowly passed away. But in those three months my chosen path became clear to me, and it was not ministry, it was theatre. At first, when I told him I was going to college to study directing, his disappointment was palpable. But as those three short months came to a close, he began to understand that the art I had chosen to commit my life to was, in its own way, my personal ministry.”
Click here to read the complete post. To learn more about Roundhouse Theater’s production of the play, click here. Browse the site to learn more about the theater at 4545 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Image in the post is a photo of Asher Lev‘s Alexander Strain by Matt Urban (Delaware Theater Company), from Roundhouse Theater’s site.