Ayre: a song cycle by Osvaldo Golijov

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October 25, 26, 28 at 7 pm 925 Balmoral Road — Soprano Miriam Kralil and the Aventa Ensemble will perform Ayre, a one-hour opera, composed by Jewish Argentinean Osvaldo Golijov and produced by Pacific Opera Victoria (POV). All three performances take place at The Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road, Victoria at 7:00 pm on Thursday, Oct. 25, Friday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 28.  Ticket prices (general seating) Adult $35, Student $15.  Limited tickets per show: purchase tickets from Pacific Opera Victoria Box Office, call 250-385-0222 or www.pov.bc.ca…
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Bēma Productions Audition Call

BEMAlogoSunday, 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.

Bēma stages “Kalamazoo” at Victoria Fringe

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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).

Special Screening Ben-Gurion: Epilogue

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Sunday, June 3 at 7:30 pm at The Vic Theatre — The Victoria International Jewish Film Festival will launch its fourth season with a special pre-festival screening of the new film Ben-Gurion: Epilogue on Sunday, June 3, from 7:30-9:00 pm, at the Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas Street, Victoria. The 70-minute documentary is based on recently discovered archival interviews with Israel’s founding prime minister, David Ben-Gurion. Five years after he retired from decades of political life to live on a small kibbutz in southern Israel, Ben-Gurion reflects on a variety of topics, both personal and political, in all of his brilliant and worldly complexity.

Sitting for these remarkable and long-lost interviews in 1968, Ben-Gurion reflects strikingly, in English, on his years in power. He reveals his pride, but also his qualms, about Israel’s path as a nation since its establishment in 1948. The film offers neither judgment nor celebration, but allows Ben-Gurion to reflect on topics ranging from his arrival in Palestine and desire to reinvent Jewish life, to his very modern understanding of the Bible, and his pragmatic but sometimes deeply unpopular political decisions.

“To see the documentary Ben-Gurion: Epilogue is to understand with greater insight the dilemmas and struggles of the early Jewish leaders of the young state of Israel,” said Lincoln Z. Shlensky, the VIJFF’s director.  “As violence continues to permeate Israel’s relationship with the Palestinians and its neighbours, and as Israeli society increasingly is riven with social and religious conflicts, Ben-Gurion’s interviews in 1968 offer the remarkable portrait of a self-reflective leader unafraid to discuss his own sense of resolve alongside his doubts.”

This feature film will be preceded by a delightful Israeli short film, I’m from the Jews, written and directed by Aharon Shem-Tov, Niv Hachtili based on a story by Almog Behar about an Israeli teacher haunted by his Kurdish-Jewish grandfather.

This delightful fable examines the complexities around Israelis’ identity.  A young man becomes possessed by his dead grandfather, forcing him to choose between his Arab family identity or continuing on with his life as an Israeli.

The June 3 screening is a special event that will serve as a pre-launch for the fourth Victoria International Jewish Film Festival, which will take place November 3-6, 2018, at the Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St., in Victoria. Tickets for the screening are $8 and are available at the festival website: VIJFF.ca. The VIJFF is presented by the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria.

Mazel Tov to Noa Paster!

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Mazel Tov to Noa Paster for her role in Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s Swan Song & Other Farces.
Noa Paster and Wes Tritter are starring in the first show in Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre’s 10th Anniversary Season, Swan Song {and Other Farces} by Anton Chekhov. Running April 24 to May 6 it is four one act plays: On the Dangers of Tobacco, The Bear, The Proposal and Swan Song.
Link to an interview with Noa Paster and co-actor Wes Tritter…

Bēma offers us Lessons!

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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.