JERUSALEM SHOW CAST & CREW BIOS
Presented by AACI - J -Town Playhouse, Division Avenue made its international debut in Jerusalem from February 22 through March 8, 2014.
The far-reaching attention this story has already received demonstrates its ability to resonate across the world.

Jerusalem audiences really connected to the show and the messages of coexistence that make this show unique.
Curiosity was piqued and the enjoyment was high. Bone certainly hit all the rights and painted an accurate picture of a segment of
society which doesn't get much exposure. the play is well written,well researched and was very well received.

- Raphael Poch, Artistic Director, JTown Playhouse

 

Efraim: Yoseph Needelman

Yoseph lives in Nachlaot, grew up in Williamsburg (the Dominican part). Author of Cannabis Chassidis: The Ancient and Emerging Torah of Drugs and the upcoming Pop Cartoon Kabala. Armchair anti-scholar of cathartic mythology, education and health, occasionally writing on these topics for Huffington Post, Jewschool, Zeek and others. Much prefers bike lanes to car fumes.

 

Sarah: Ayo Oppenheimer

A serial wanderer, Ayo is a recent addition to the Nachlaot community in Jerusalem. Division Avenue is Ayo's first appearance on the Israeli stage in years.  Ayo previously appeared in The Pajama Game, Merton of the Movies, Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat, Enter Laughing, The Good Doctor and a handful of other theatrical productions in the NY area.  Over the past decade, Ayo performed with a variety of dance companies (spanning modern, Indian, jazz, salsa, swing, belly, hip hop and folk genres) and even appeared on the Israeli television show Nolad Lirkod (Born to Dance).

Ayo most recently underwent intensive training in silks, trapeze, acrobatics and hoop dance in Austin TX, where she also sang and performed with a local black gospel choir. When not inverted or spending time with family, Ayo can be found running a variety of educational projects that she founded (Faces of Israel, Halachically Yours & Jewrotica) and also working to fight and address domestic violence issues in the Orthodox community with powerhouse organization Bat Melech.  Ayo would like to give a special shout-out to her family, David Abitbol and particularly her little sister Jessie for help with running lines.  One last thing: Though Ayo won two bicycles on the Price is Right (and jumped Drew Carey in the process), she kind of stinks at cycling.  But she is rooting for Sarah regardless - go get your bike lanes and your Chasid, girl!"

 

 

Dean: Ronnie Adamowicz

Ronnie moved to Israel 6 years ago form Australia. His love of theatre began in high school performing in musicals and theatre productions. He dabbled in dance at Tony Bartuccio's and acting classes at the Victorian College of the Arts. Ronnie now run's an Internet Marketing business, but mostly just loves to make others laugh and loves to travel. After Division Avenue, Ronnie is Looking forward to being discovered and sent to Hollywood for a lead role in a Woody Allen movie.

 

Gita: Susan Fraiman

Susan Fraiman is delighted to be joining this production of the J-Town Players. Originally from the Bronx (and not Brooklyn), Susan has been calling Jerusalem her home for the last 33 years.

 

Moishe: Yedidya Fraiman

Yedidya Fraiman has appeared in Jerusalem productions of The Maccabee Queen, The Phantom Tollbooth,  God,  and The Importance of Being Earnest. 

He teaches high school English and enjoys …riding his bike.

 

Directed by: Eryn London

Eryn London has a BA from Goucher College, where she was a theatre major, psychology and Judaic studies double minor, and a MA in applied drama: theatre in educational, community, and social contexts from Goldsmiths, University of London. Eryn directed a number of plays while an undergraduate student, as well as founded an intergenerational theatre program where they performed devised work as well as Our Town.

Following graduate school, Eryn moved to Jerusalem, Israel, where she has directed The Skin of Our Teeth, and It's Not You, Well...Maybe It Is. In addition to directing, Eryn is learning at the Women's Institute of Halachic leadership, works as an activities facilitator at Beit Moses Parent's Home, and teaches both theatre and Judiac studies in multiple institutions.

Playwright: Miki Bone

Playwright, Miki Bone has worked in professional and educational theatre for over 29 years and has earned degrees and certificates in theatre, acting and education from Texas A&M University; Southern Methodist University; and the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain. In March, she traveled to Los Angeles to direct a film short entitled: Expecting. She is currently working on a graduate degree in Humanities with an emphasis in Aesthetics at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Ms. Bone's professional producing and directing endeavors have been funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA and The 500 Inc. including: Close Ties; Talking With; Sweet Sue; A Texas Romance; and night, Mother. Bone has also produced Foxfire for Actor's Theatre of Austin at the Live Oak Theatre and Close Ties by at Hyde Park Theatre in Austin. In Dallas, she has produced the following productions for Actor's Theatre of Dallas: School for Scandal; Fallen Angels; Camille; Crossing Delancey; and The Immigrant.

Bone has appeared onstage with Austin Shakespeare Festival, Hyde Park Theatre, Austin 5th Street Theatre, Live Oak Theatre and the Paramount in Austin, Texas. In the Dallas–Ft. Worth area, she has appeared with Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Dallas Theatre Center, Pegasus Theatre, and Stage West.

In Educational theatre, Bone has worked with many students at Ursuline and Jesuit in Dallas and has taught and directed many working theatre professionals in Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Educational directing highlights at Ursuline/Jesuit include: Dancing at Lughnasa, Faith County, Our Hearts Were Young & Gay, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Charlotte's Web, School House Rock, Seussical, Children's Letters To God, Learned Ladies, Psycho Beach Party, Alice in Wonderland, Little Princess, Eleemosynary, Number The Stars, and Rumors.

A walk taken with her husband, Tom, in Brooklyn, inspired Division Avenue. A singular moment was captured in a photograph, re-contextualized in a painting, and through a series of graduate courses taught by visual artists John Pomara, Greg Metz and theatre artist and performer Fred Curchack, it has now become a creative performance.

She's extremely thankful for the support of Jill Parker Jones, Dean Nolen, David Oglesby, David Myers, Michelle Weilert, Kris Noteboom, Monalisa Amidar, Michael Jenkins and Tom Melsheimer who read (and re-read) many rewrites. She is indebted to her wonderful mentor and professor, Fred Curchack, who allowed her to develop and workshop Division Avenue at UT Dallas and the marketing and publicity efforts of Mike Androvett, Barry Pound and Erin Dooley at Androvette Media and Lynn Metrik for their Marketing and Publicity efforts in NYC, and certainly Sue Loncar and her amazing team: Emily, Alison and Zoe for giving this show an opportunity to be seen in Dallas. Finally, she is especially thankful for the encouragement of her three incredible children, extended family and friends, and her biggest cheerleader, editor and husband of 30 years, Tom Melsheimer.

It marks the fourth of Bone's plays to be produced. After traveling to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Dean Nolen to present Birds on A Wire in the summer of 2012, Bone decided to start submitting her play. Division Avenue premiered at the Midtown International Theatre Festival July 15 – August 4, 2012 at the Abingdon Theatre Complex – June Havoc Theatre in NYC. On September 30th, the show swept the MITF 2013 Awards walking away with 9 top honors among the 62 productions featured in the festival: Best Play, Best Production, Best Direction, Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Lead Actor, Best Ensemble, Best Sound Design and Best Marketing/Publicity.

Producer / Artistic Director of J-Town Playhouse: Raphael Poch

Raphael has been the Artistic Director of J-Town Playhouse at AACI in Jerusalem for almost three years. He previously served as the Artistic Director of Center Stage Theater in Jerusalem and was one of the founding members of Bar Ilan Acting Society. He is also currently the Artistic Director of Stage One English Theater Festival. He has directed many shows and produced many more and is a new budding playwright having co-authored a full length play entitled It's Not You..., Well Maybe It Is, and currently working on a new play which will hopefully be produced at the end of the 2014 season. He studied improv at UCB in Manhattan and learned incredible amounts about all things theater at The Manhattan Theater Source.

 

Stage Manager: Aliza Schoffman-Land

Aliza is thrilled to be stage managing again with J-Town Playhouse. She has recently stage managed for The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), It's Not You, Well...Maybe It Is, The Man From Earth (with a brief on stage appearance as the mover) and Jeremie Bracka's visiting Peres in Therapy. In her spare time, she sings with AACI Jerusalem's new choir J-Sharp, knits (you can see some of her work hanging on the walls), and is studying for her masters in conflict resolution and mediation at Tel Aviv University.

 

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