Bēma Presents: Peace Talks

August 25Peace Talks, a new play by Izzy Salant and Ryan Michael Dunn, is premiering in Victoria Fringe Festival 2022.

Too many people have no idea about the complexity of Arab/Israeli relations.

This thoughtful, relevant and well conceived script peers into some difficult and controversial subjects. Bema has worked with the playwrights for two years, and the play will now premiere in Bema’s Black Box Theatre in the Victoria Fringe Festival before it tours university and college campuses. As part of the Fringe, this play will have a wide Victoria audience and will possibly open some eyes. Make sure you get your tickets!

Ticketing Information:

Tickets can be purchased in person at The Fringe Box Office (Intrepid Theatre), #2 – 1609 Blanshard (at Fisgard). The Fringe Box Office will be open 12:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily August 22 through September 4.

Online tickets can be purchased anytime at www.victoriafringe.com starting August 4.

This is a live performance, but here are a few glimpses on video:


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Save the Date

August 25Peace Talks, a new play by Izzy Salant and Ryan Michael Dunn, is premiering in Victoria Fringe Festival 2022.

Too many people have no idea about the complexity of Arab/Israeli relations.

This thoughtful, relevant and well conceived script peers into some difficult and controversial subjects. Bema has workshopped this script with the playwrights, and the play will premiere in Bema’s Black Box Theatre in the Victoria Fringe Festival before it tours university and college campuses. As part of the Fringe, this play will have a wide Victoria audience and will possibly open some eyes. Make sure you get your tickets!

The ticket link will be in next week’s newsletter.

This is a live performance, but here are a few glimpses on video:

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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


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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


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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.