written and performed by Rachel Kaftan • directed by Dana Resnick, with original direction by Katie Stottlemire
BOY VEY: The Play premiers in-person for the Santa Monica Playhouse Jewish Heritage Program
The Jewish Heritage Program presents BOY VEY - an autobiographical solo show about how a Jewish girl's quest for love unveils the bizarre connections between her misbegotten dating life and inherited Holocaust trauma. This humorous, touching and powerful theatre piece is written and performed by Rachel Kaftan, directed by Dana Resnick, with original direction by Katie Stottlemire.
BOY VEY plays Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm, January 22 through March 13, 2022. Online sales will begin September 1. Pre-sales available via email or by phone.
RACHEL KAFTAN is an actor, playwright, singer, and producer based in Los Angeles. She grew up in rainy Seattle as the only child of two lesbian moms and a gay dad and came out to everyone as "straight" when she was seven years old. Past theatrical highlights include playing Tevye in an all-girls’ middle school rendition of Fiddler on the Roof, Kissing Kate Barlow in Holes at Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Fetch, a rabid, hyper-sexual reptilian-esque dog butcher, in an avant-garde production of Spring Awakening. Rachel has also worked closely with Seattle Repertory Theatre as a competitor (and later, intern) for the National August Wilson Monologue Competition (NYC, 2016) and Cornish College of the Arts as a singer/songwriter with vocal coach, Kelly Harland. During summer of 2020, and the height of the pandemic, Rachel became a RAINS Undergraduate Research Fellow for her studies on the trends and effects of intergenerational Holocaust trauma. That work, combined with her Jewish background and Theatre Arts degree (from Loyola Marymount University), is what led Rachel to explore her own past: in the form of an autobiographical one-woman show all about love, coming-of-age, and the Holocaust.
DANA RESNICK has been directing for over 20 years in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, Washington D.C., Charleston, Milwaukee and Pittsburgh. She is also a clinical associate professor of directing in the Theatre Arts Department at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Dana is the recipient of the Stephen Bochco Award in Directing and the John Jutkowitz Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts. She developed and directed the world premiere of Sisters in Law at Phoenix Theatre. Her production of Bad Jews at the Odyssey Theatre was an LA Times Critics’ Pick and nominated for five Stage Raw Awards including Best Director of a Comedy. Favorite past productions include: Bad Jews, Shining City, and The Island (named Best in Theatre at Piccolo Spoleto 2009). She holds an M.F.A. in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. in Theatre from Washington University in St. Louis. Dana lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.
The mission of the Santa Monica Playhouse JEWISH HERITAGE PROGRAM is to create productions, workshops, and experiences that keep the unique richness of Jewish theatre alive and honor the historical and cultural importance of Jewish heritage. Since its inception in 1960, the Playhouse has been the standard bearer for Jewish theatre in LA and the Jewish Heritage Program is on the cutting edge of Jewish theatre and education, touching the lives of over a million people with such critically-acclaimed premieres as Author! Author!—an evening with Sholom Aleichem (the longest-running Jewish musical in L.A. theatre), Rose Leiman Goldemberg’s Picon Pie: the Molly Picon Story, Diane Samuels’ Kindertransport. Read more about the Jewish Heritage Program here.
BOY VEY is back at Santa Monica Playhouse January 22-March 13, 2022 Same show, Same wonderful actress, Same times, just new dates. Online sales will begin September 1. Pre-sales available via email or by phone.
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