Bēma Productions is thrilled to present their fifth Victoria Fringe Festival production, the comedy “A Little Crazy” written by Joseph Reed Hayes, directed by Zelda Dean and performed by Toshik Bukowiecki & Michael Rodgers. All performances take place at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria.
Thursday August 22, 7 pm
Sunday August 25, 2 pm
Monday August 26, 7 pm
Tuesday August 27, 7 pm
Wednesday August 28, 7 pm
Thursday August 29, 7 pm
Sunday September 1, 2 pm
TICKETS: $11 are available online from at victoriafringe.com or ticketrocket.co or in person at Ticket Rocket Lounge: 10 am–5 pm, Monday to Friday at 1050 Meares Street and at Fringe HQ beginning August 20: noon–7 pm daily at 2–1609 Blanshard (at Fisgard, across from Romeo’s), or at the door.
May 9 to 23, 2019, Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street— Bēma Productions is proud to present our 2019 Mainstage production, the Canadian Premiere of We Are The Levinsons by Wendy Kout. The story details the phenomenon of the “sandwich generation” — adults caring for both children and aging parents — through the lens of one family’s momentous year. Continue reading Bēma Productions: We are the Levinsons
Weekend January 26/27, 2019 — Bēma Production’s next venture is an exciting weekend of Reader’s Theatre in January 2019. The festival will run in the now familiar Bēma “black box” which we create in Congregation Emanu-El‘s social hall. This style of theatre allows the audience to imagine the action from hearing the script read aloud without sets, costumes or props. The readers of the three festival plays have been carefully chosen through auditions from inside and outside the Congregation Emanu-El community. It will be a weekend filled with laughter, sadness and challenges. Please come and enjoy one play, or even all three. Tickets are now available at https://www.ticketrocket.co/event/season/346 Continue reading First Annual Readers Theatre Festival
November 10 – 12, 2018: 3 performances only — Bēma Productions, in collaboration with Langham Court Theatre, proudly announces a remount of the play Lessons previously presented at Congregation Emanu-El in April 2018.
- Saturday November 10 7.30 pm
- Sunday November 11 2.00 pm
- Monday November 12 7.30 pm
Performances at Langham Court Theatre, 805 Langham Court, Victoria.
Lessons is a thoughtful, compelling play about finding faith and love in a sometimes violent and alienating world. Lessons is performed by Christine Upright (last seen as Edna in Bēma’s Prisoner of Second Avenue) and Alf Small (Horowitz and Mrs Washington). Zelda Dean directs. When Ben finally decides to have a Bar Mitzvah (at his age!) he hires Ruth, a Rabbi who’s lost her faith, to tutor him. The two characters forge a friendship as they each search for healing and forgiveness while wrestling with their own deep-rooted problems. Lessons is a touching, funny and poignant drama that asks the question: Can we find healing and forgiveness when our beliefs are questioned?
“Small and Upright are magnificent as Ben and Ruth, with a naturalistic acting style that compels careful attention—not a moment of this two hour play is wasted.” – Janis La Couvee
Proceeds of these performances will be donated to The War Amps.
TICKETS: $23 – available online at www.langhamtheatre.ca or by phone at Langham Court box office 250-384-2142.
ENQUIRIES: Zelda Dean email@example.com Telephone 250-881-2094
Sunday, October 7, 1461 Blanshard Street — Our own Bema productions will hold auditions for its newest venture—a Readers Theatre Festival to be held during the last weekend of January 2019. We are looking for readers for the following three plays.
Sperm Count by Stephen Orlov
This comedy-drama set in North America is about a Jewish writer who seeks help from a Palestinian doctor to solve his infertility problem. And of course David Stein’s burned-out wife, his Holocaust-survivor father, and a sperm figment of his imagination all come along for the roller coaster ride into the bizarre world of reproductive technology.
- 1 woman, 39 years old and 4 men–15 to 20, 40s, 50s and 75 years old
And A Child Shall Lead by Michael Slade
This is the heroic and true story of children coming of age in Terezin, the ‘Jewish city’ established by the Nazis near Prague as a way station before the death camps. In the face of unspeakable horror, these children use their determination and creativity to build lives filled with hope and beauty—playing, studying, making art, and writing an underground newspaper—all at the peril of being executed. Their actual poems and stories are woven into a fast-paced drama, evoking the universality of children caught in the insanity of war.
- 4 girls 8 to 16 years old and 4 boys 10 to 17 years old
Exquisite Potential by Stephen Kagan
It’s 1979. Alan and Laura Zuckerman are visiting their Rabbi to discuss the naming service for the new child they’re expecting. However, Alan surprisingly announces that he thinks their 3 year-old son is the Messiah. Flash forward to 2009—the son is now grown up—was he right? Exquisite Potential tells the story of parental expectations, hopes, dreams, and our desires and fears about reaching our own potential.
- 2 to 4 men (early 30s), 1 to 2 women (early 30s) and one young child
Please email Zelda Dean for further details and/or audition times (include resume and photo).
Adrian Chamberlain, Times-Colonist writer wrote:
“This week, I attended the Fringe Eve Preview in Market Square, in which performers have two minutes each to offer a sample of their shows. These were some of the best:
...Kalamazoo by Bēma Productions: Victoria actors Ira Shorr and Angela Henry offered a nicely performed snippet of Kalamazoo, a play about a pair of aging baby boomers who meet via an online dating service. This seems a solid bet.”
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August 23 – 29, 2018 — Bēma Productions is thrilled to present their fourth Victoria Fringe Festival production, the comedy “Kalamazoo” by Michelle Kholos Brooks and Kelly Younger, directed by Zelda Dean and performed by Angela Henry and Ira Shorr. All performances take place at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W 2J3.
- Thursday, August 23 – 7 pm
- Sunday, August 26 – 2 pm
- Monday, August 27 – 7 pm
- Tuesday, August 28 – 7 pm
- Wednesday, August 29 – 7 pm
- Thursday, August 30 – 7 pm
TICKETS: $11 each available online from August 1 at victoriafringe.com or ticketrocket.co or in person at Ticket Rocket Lounge: 10 am–5 pm Monday to Friday at 101–804 Broughton (across from the Royal Theatre), Fringe HQ: noon–7 pm daily starting August 21 at 2–1609 Blanshard (at Fisgard, across from Romeo’s), or at the door.
Kalamazoo offers a refreshing take on a familiar story. Peg and Irv, two quirky but endearing baby-boomers, bravely venture into the world of modern dating. But when these opposites attract, they discover love isn’t any easier the second time around. What could sound like the pilot for a TV sit-com ends up touching you in ways you might not expect. Winner of the Riva Shiner Comedy Award, “Kalamazoo” is a romantic comedy about life’s second act and learning you’re never too old to be young.
“A disarming comedy that lets us laugh about growing older while addressing the very real hardships and heartaches that come when one spouse from a life-long marriage is suddenly left alone . . . the banter in this play is both hilarious and startlingly honest. It just rings true in ways that can be surprising and shocking, but always satisfying.” —Examiner.com.
“. . . a rich story about love at any age.” —EncoreMichigan.com.
“Bouts of riotous laughter . . . it’s hard to imagine a better show.” — Herald-Times (Bloomington, Indiana).