MIDDLEBURY – Theatre Kavanah, a Burlington-based company devoted to exploring the intricacies of the Jewish experience, will bring a staged reading of Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok’s “The Chosen” to Town Hall Theater on Thursday, March 7.
Directed by Mark Alan Gordon, “The Chosen” immerses its audience in the lives of two boys, two fathers, and two distinct Jewish communities, “five blocks and a world apart.” Set against the backdrop of World War II, the revelation of the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel, the play is at once heartbreaking and hopeful. Its themes of struggle, transformation, and, ultimately, understanding transcend time and circumstance.
Prior to the Middlebury show, award-winning playwright and recipient of the 2002 “New Voice in American Theatre” award Dana Yeaton will deliver a free talk about taking works from the page to the stage. This staged reading will feature G. Richard Ames, Bruce Chalmer, Adam Joselson, Jason Lorber, Matthew Winston, and Charlie Yarwood.
The pre-show talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Gallery, and curtain is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, $10 for students; call 382-9222, or go online to www.townhalltheater.org.
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