“The Blessing of a Broken Heart”
Edgerton Foundation New Play Award Winner
Adapted by Todd Salovey from Sherri Mandell’s Award Winning Book
Vista CA— In the wake of Orlando, communities have been called on for resilience. The Blessing of a Broken Heart is a play that demonstrates the inner workings of that process.
A recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, the Los Angeles premiere of The Blessing of a Broken Heart has inspired audiences to attend more than once to experience such a touching performance. It is a story of resilience and strength, this Los Angeles Premiere was adapted from Sherri Mandell’s National Jewish Book Award Winner by director Todd Salovey.
Lisa Robins stars as an Israeli mother who experiences a horrific tragedy and is broken hearted, but miraculously not broken. She journeys from crippling grief, to hope and healing. The American Spectator calls Robins’ performance “astonishingly evocative” and a “must see.” This story, about hope, purpose, and recovery, is based on Sherri Mandell’s award winning book about the events that changed her family forever.
“I opened the book and couldn’t stop reading. Sherri’s language and her imagery were like a bolt of lightning; in just two paragraphs I was riveted. There are so many parts of our lives – wounds – and so few pieces in the theater aiming directly at healing. This is one of the exceptions,” explains Salovey
Sherri Mandell (Author) won a National Jewish Book Award for her spiritual book, The Blessing of a Broken Heart. Translated into three languages, and adapted into a stage play. Sherri’s book, The Road to Resilience, was published in 2016 (Toby Press). She won Moment Magazine’s Karma Prize for short fiction in 2013 as well as a Rockower Prize for the personal essay. She is the author of Writers of the Holocaust (Facts on File, 1999) and has written for numerous magazines and journals. Sherri currently blogs at The Times of Israel and is a certified pastoral counselor and co-director of the Koby Mandell Foundation, which runs programs in Israel for bereaved children and families.
Todd Salovey (Director and Adapter) won the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award for The Blessing of a Broken Heart. He is a frequent collaborator with Culture Clash’s Herbert Siguenza, and their production of A Weekend with Pablo Picasso as been seen at the Alley Theatre, Denver Center, LATC, and SD Rep. As Associate Artistic director at SD Rep, Todd has helmed numerous productions including Outside Mullingar (currently at SD REP), Hamlet (starring Jefferson Mays), and The Dybbuk for which the LA Times noted Todd’s “majestic concept for the show…not easy to forget.” He adapted and directed A Hammer, Bell, and a Song to Sing, based on the life and work of Pete Seeger. Todd’s one-man adaptation of The Dybbuk for Sam and Hannah’s Wedding, will premiere at SD REP this fall, starring Ron Campbell.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 , 7:00pm at the Chabad Jewish Center – Oceanside / Vista 1930 Sunset Drive
For information call 760.806.7765
$36 Preferred seating
$20 main seating Before June 19
$25 after June 19