Temple Sinai to Present a Staged Reading
of Jewish Historical Drama Facing Berel, in Stamford on June 8
A staged reading of the Jewish historical play “Facing Berel” by Rachel A. Levine and directed by Frank S. Petrilli, will be presented at Temple Sinai, 3:00pm – 5:00pm on Sunday, June 8. Tickets for the staged reading will include wine and hors d’oeuvres and a “talk back” with Ms. Levine to discuss the play. Tickets are $20.
This is the first time that a staged reading will be presented at Temple Sinai and it is the temple’s vision to present a series of Jewish-themed readings for both its existing congregation and the Jewish community in the region. “We are excited about presenting this thought-provoking and entertaining play,” commented Temple Sinai’s president Arlene Rosen. “We hope the audience will enjoy the café-style environment and the conversation with playwright Rachel Levine will be a great way to give her feedback about what they think about the play.”
The play is set in 1935 and 90-year-old Sammy Sodagersky struggles through a long winter night as his deceased friend’s “shomer.” As the deceased lies in his parlor, his 13-year-old grandson joins Sammy and urges him to tell stories about the past. The night deepens as Sammy’s tales entertain and educate the boy. Amid tales of poverty and terror, a memory is revealed by Sammy that changes the boy forever and might have been better left buried.
Author Rachel A. Levine is a writer of poetry, short stories, novels, plays, screenplays and humor. Her novel “Brooklyn Valentine” won the 2011 IPPY award for popular fiction. Her poetry has appeared in “Tendril” and “Brooklyn” magazines, and she was a winner of Glimmer Train’s “Family Matters” short story contest in 2007. She is a relative newcomer to playwriting, and “Facing Berel” is her second piece for the theater. Her first play, “Harvest” was successfully presented as a concert reading at Weist Barron’s Studio #1 in Manhattan.
To order tickets for “Facing Berel,” call the temple at (203) 322-1649 or email Shelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.