April 12, 15, 16, 17, 19 & 22 — Bēma Productions proudly announces the Canadian premiere of Lessons, a thoughtful, compelling play by Wendy Graf about finding faith and love in a sometimes violent and alienating world, in the sanctuary at Congregation Emanu-El on April 12, 2018. The play will run for six performances.
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?
TICKETS: $22.00, available online or at Ticket Rocket, 101-804 Broughton Street, or at the door
- Thursday, April 12 7:30 pm
- Sunday, April 15 2:30 pm
- Monday, April 16 7.30 pm
- Tuesday, April 17 7.30 pm
- Thursday, April 19 7.30 pm
- Sunday, April 22 2.30 pm
All performances will be taking place in the Sanctuary at Congregation Emanu-El.
“A blend of wit and wisdom, “Lessons” questions, amuses and beguiles. Graf is in the long tradition of Jewish writers that include Neil Simon. And, very much like Simon, she mixes the angst in our lives with an overlay of humor that is both touching and tender.” – Ed Kauffman, Hollywood Reporter
“This quest for faith—in his case, a faith he’s never had, and in hers, a faith that she’s forsaken—is a poignant plea that touches everyone,” – KABC Radio
Wendy Graf is an award winning playwright whose plays have been produced throughout North America. “Lessons” was first produced in 2004 by West Coast Jewish Theatre and The Group at Strasberg in West Hollywood.