Men Overboard: One More Show!

Kevin McKendrick has done a fabulous job of directing this award-winning play about an entertaining and complicated family.  Humorous and very touching!  And you must see Jason Vikse’s incredible set design – one of Bema’s best.   

ONLY ONE SHOW LEFT – MATINEE ON SUNDAY 15TH  at 2:00 pm

Tickets $25 at the door or https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/295008758137


Summary of event details

MEN OVERBOARD – Upcoming Bema Production

MEN OVERBOARD
Families are Complicated!
Written by Rich Orloff and Directed by Kevin McKendrick

This award-winning play about an entertaining and complicated family opens on May 5th in Bema’s Black Box Theatre. Playwright Rich Orloff has written a funny and perceptive play about a Bar Mitzvah boy who struggles between obedience and defiance of his father and who doubts he is ready to become a man. The boy’s Bar Mitzvah brings together his politician father and his two brothers, a therapist, a fading, forceful and funny Zaida and a Buddhist monk. Throw in the boy’s Bar Mitzvah tutor; a woman who loves the boy and possibly one of his uncles. Winner of the Long Beach Playhouse New Play Contest and a finalist for the Woodward-Newman New Play Award.

Performances
Thursday May 5 –    7:30 pm
Sunday May 8 –       2:30 pm matinee
Monday May 9 –       7:30 pm
Tuesday May 10 –    7:30 pm
Wed May 11 –          7:30 pm
Thursday May 12 – 7:30 pm
Sunday May 15 –     2:30 pm matinee

Tickets $25 at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/295008758137


Men Overboard–a new play from Bema Productions

Bema Productions is back in May with Men Overboard! This award-winning play about an entertaining and complicated family opens 5 May 2022 in Bema’s Black Box Theatre. Playwright Rich Orloff has written a funny and perceptive play about a Bar Mitzvah boy who struggles between obedience and defiance of his father.  Throw a fading zaida and two unusual uncles into the mix and enjoy the fun!

Winner of the Long Beach Playhouse New Play Contest and a finalist for the Woodward-Newman New Play Award, Men Overboard focuses on a Bar Mitzvah for a boy who doubts he’s ready to become a man. The boy’s Bar Mitzvah brings together a politician father and his two uncles: a therapist, and a Buddhist monk. Add a fading but forceful grandfather and the boy’s Bar Mitzvah tutor, a woman who loves the boy and possibly also one of his uncles, and it’s easy to see that the boy may have some struggles.

Tensions grow, affecting everyone in the family, until it becomes clear that the family’s status quo is no longer an option. Men Overboard asks “What makes a man?” as it explores the responsibility each of us has to protect the souls of those we love.

Tickets $25 at            https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/295008758137

PERFORMANCES

Thursday 5 May:             7:30 PM
Sunday 8 May:               2:30 PM matinee
Monday 9 May:               7:30 PM
Tuesday 10 May:             7:30 PM
Wednesday 11 May:      7:30 PM
Thursday 12 May:           7:30 PM
Sunday 15 May:               2:30 PM matinee


Summary of event details

Bema Productions, Looking Ahead

Emanu-El’s very own theatre company, Bema Productions, is back in full swing.  Rehearsals have begun for Men Overboard by Rich Orloff – an award-winning play that is a wonderful combination of humor, relationships and religion. Men Overboard opens May 5th, hopefully by then to full capacity seating.  We also look forward to our Readers Theatre Festival that had to be postponed in January. Many of Emanu-El’s own youth are looking forward to presenting two thought provoking and enlightening plays: Dear Anne, from Nina and By Candlelight, both by award-winning playwright, Claudia Haas.

BEMA’s Readers Theatre Festival Postponed

Our many youth and adult thespians were days from starting rehearsals when, sadly, we had to postpone due to the Covid surge. 

We will reschedule as soon as it is safe to do so. Purchased tickets can be refunded or used on the new date (TBA).

Cast from 2019 Bema Productions’, And a Child Shall Lead, with Director Zelda Dean

Thank You Bēma for Until the Flood!

Thank you, Bēma & partners for bringing Until the Flood to Congregation Emanu-El. I felt privileged to witness the exposure of the many faces of racism—everyone on stage used a personal camera customized from their own psychological, educational and cultural parts. The multifaceted nature of anti-black racism was moved front of stage. As I had recently watched the movie Mississippi Burning, this play addressing contemporary events prompted me to realize that the difference in racism between then and now was only in the veneer. For those wanting to talk about racism, Until the Flood provides a strong departure point. Congratulations to the cast and the companies for their solid delivery of this important theatrical work.

Frances Rosenberg
Congregation Emanu-El

Bēma Productions:  Until the Flood

Opens Thursday, December 2, 2021, 7:30 pm in Bēma’s Black Box Theatre. Leipzig ends on November 21, 2021, and the kudos are pouring in for that wonderful production. Until the Flood by Dael Orlandersmith moves into Bēma’s Black Box Theatre on Thursday, December 2, 2021—following it’s run at Langham Court Theatre as part of the collaboration between three theatre companies. So, if you missed it there, here is your opportunity to see this powerful and timely play.

Until the Flood is a gripping and insightful docudrama drawn from extensive interviews following the shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer. Orlandersmith creates composite characters who reflect a wide range of perspectives and experiences of racial prejudice, hatred, and self-righteousness that embodies the many faces of the community rallying for justice and reveals a country yearning for truth and justice. Until the Flood compels us to face the truth and only by awareness can we find the crucial sense of hope. This play is entertainment rich in the enlightenment and provocation that makes theatre exciting and dangerous.

Critics quotes:

Chicago Tribune. “A stunning theatrical experience that is palpably compassionate and Must be seen”

New York Times. “She brings the questions, the pain, and the unspeakable thoughts of hundreds, if not millions, to life. An urgent moral inquest!” The Guardian

Tickets may be purchased here. For further information contact Zelda Dean.

Bēma presents The Wendy Chronicles

Bēma Productions invites you to a reading of a captivating new play by Karen Fix Curry—The Wendy Chronicles—about the remarkable Wendy Wasserstein, author of The Heidi Chronicles, and the first woman to win a Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer for play writing, who gave a voice to the emerging women’s movement at the second half of the 20th century.

Directed by Zelda Dean with Christine Upright as Wendy Wasserstein, The Wendy Chronicles is Wendy’s own remarkable life story as told by Wendy herself, in the style of her award-winning plays. It comes alive with humor, shining a light on her goal of creating real women in plays, with all their problems and frustrations. It’s all about choices, because you can’t really have it all!

The live performance will be available on Zoom on Sunday, March 7 at 2 pm PST and Wednesday, March 10 at 7 pm PST. The play lasts for about an hour. You are welcome to stay & chat with Karen, Zelda and Christine following the reading.   

  • To attend a live performance on March 7 at 2 pm PST or March 10 at 7 pm PST CLICK here
  • The recorded performance will be streamed on YouTube March 11 – 14, 2021 at this CHANNEL…

Bēma appreciates donations ($10.00 is welcome).  CLICK HERE to donate.

Bēma presents: Peace Talks (Online)

Peace Talks graphic for NL 1000Can someone’s mind be opened in an hour? An American college student is stranded in a hookah bar in Israel—a country he’s been taught to despise. He collides with a sharp-witted Israeli, and as they clash he discovers some harsh realities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and that it is a world which isn’t as clear cut as he thought. How can you make winning moves in a game where there are no rules? Continue reading Bēma presents: Peace Talks (Online)