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)

POSTPONED – Kiddush honouring Zelda Dean

Zelda PostponedThis kiddush is postponed! The Reznick family invites you to a kiddush luncheon following the Shabbat service on March 14 in honour of Emanu-El’s own superhero, Zelda Dean. By day, Zelda is our wonderful office manager. By night (and by matinee) she is the extraordinary director and producer of Congregation Emanu-El’s very own theatre company, Bēma Productions. Force of nature? Superhero? BOTH! Her newest endeavour is the remarkable play, Survivors, by playwright Wendy Kout. This play, produced in collaboration with the Victoria Shoah Project, will tell the stories of Shoah survivors — in their own words — to middle and high school students throughout Vancouver Island and hopefully further, to students throughout British Columbia. (Please contact the office if you would like more information or to contribute to this project.) In the meantime, please give Zelda your love at the kiddush on March 14.

Bēma Productions presents “O My God”

OMYGODGRAPHIC-NLJanuary 16 – 26, 2020Bēma Productions, now in its sixth season, is excited to present the Canadian premiere of the comedy, “O My God”, by the Israeli playwright, Anat Gov at Congregation Emanu-El, Black Box Theatre. “O My God” is directed by Zelda Dean, and performed by Christine Upright (the therapist), Rosemary Jeffery (God) and Jesse Wilson (the autistic son of the therapist and is himself on the autism spectrum). Performances are scheduled for the following dates:
  • Thursday January 16, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday January 18, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday January 19, 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday January 21, 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday January 22, 7:30 pm
  • Thursday January 23, 7:30 pm
  • Saturday January 25, 7:30 pm
  • Sunday January 26, 3:00 pm
Tickets: $23 available online at ticketrocket.co or at the door.
Media Enquiries: Zelda Dean zeldadean@shaw.ca Telephone: 250-881-2094.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bemaproductionsvic/

Bēma Productions: We are the Levinsons

BEMALevinsonsLogo-CEnewsletterMay 9 to 23, 2019, Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard StreetBēma 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

First Annual Readers Theatre Festival

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Weekend January 26/27, 2019Bēma 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

Bēma stages “Kalamazoo” at Victoria Fringe


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).

Gotta metal detector lookin’ for a gig?

Metal Detector5Bēma Productions needs an adult sized metal detector for their Fringe Festival Play. It will be used briefly in one scene and we’d be grateful for the loan of one. They will need to use the metal detector from June 1 through Sept 2. As thanks they would provide acknowledgement in the program and two free tickets to a performance. If you have metal detector they could use, please contact Amber Woods at kouskousmusic@yahoo.com.

Congratulations and Thank You, Bēma!

Mazal Tov Bēma! מַזָל טוֹב בִּימָה!


Bēma’s Sing Along
Fiddler on the Roof
was a resounding success – thanks to the enthusiastic
participants, the talented performers and the devoted production team! Both
shows were sold out in advance. Congregation Emanu-El has received many kudos for
hosting this fantastic show with its great cast, choir and band. The audience
was especially mesmerized by Kate Rhodes, the fiddler and enthralled by Denise
, the dancer. There is something about Fiddler and the sound of the band that
puts a smile on everyone’s face; a beat that carries us through at a great,
emotional pace.

Thanks to our Director, Zelda Dean, for such a brilliant
night; everyone thinks our Fiddler on the Roof was really amazing. People
have already started to ask about next year’s shows. We are proud of BĒMA!

See Penny Tennenhouse’s photos of the event.

Bema Productions presents Fiddler on the Roof Sing-a-Long

Two performances only, both at Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC

  • Sunday March 26, 2017, 2:00 pm
  • Monday March 27, 2017, 7:00 pm

Join the klezmer band, The Klez, 20 members of the Gettin’ Higher Choir and 17 actors in a staged reading and sing-a-long of Fiddler on the Roof.

TICKETS available at TICKET ROCKET $22. Get your tickets early. There are only 150 available per performance.
Online www.ticketrocket.co or 101-804 Broughton Street, Victoria, BC Telephone 250-590-6291

A universal story of hope, love, rejection and acceptance, Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of Tevye the dairyman’s lionhearted attempts to hold on to cultural and religious traditions despite sweeping social changes upsetting his family values and threatening his town’s very existence. Forced to choose between his daughters’ happiness and his culture’s beloved traditions, Tevye is trying to balance life — like a fiddler on a roof.

One of Broadway’s first musicals to deal with persecution, poverty and holding to one’s beliefs, Fiddler has been performed around the world, from Brooklyn to Japan to Brazil, and is in its fifth Broadway revival.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES Zelda Dean, or telephone 250-881-2094