Ashkenazi Seance: A Group Ritual – 3 Nights

April 27, 2023 - April 29, 2023 8:00 pm
Ashkenazi Seance: A Group Ritual - 3 Nights
Union Temple House, 17 Eastern Parkway
  • Arts and Culture
  • Repeat Event

Sarah Sanders can’t decide what to do with a treasured family heirloom, and she’s getting desperate – so desperate, she’s turning to her dead Latvian Jewish ancestors for advice.

Ashkenazi Seance is a 70-minute solo theatre work and group ritual that mixes the spooky, kooky Jewishness of “Tevye’s Dream” from Fiddler on the Roof, with the intimate storytelling and audience participation of What the Constitution Means to Me. Through comedy, music, and rituals, Ashkenazi Seance explores American Jewish identity and legacy while searching for direction in the face of loss. As Sarah looks to the past, she must decide how to hold tight to familial traditions while adopting relevant customs of her own.

Presented by The Neighborhood in collaboration with Brooklyn Jews. Tickets to any of the three performance are available below.

Sarah Sanders is a queer, Jewish, Montana-raised and Brooklyn-based writer and performer. She has a postgraduate degree in acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and a BA from Williams College. Sarah has developed new theatrical work with Abrons Arts Center, Dixon Place, Fresh Ground Pepper’s BRB Retreat, Mind the Art Entertainment, Undiscovered Countries, and the Hearth. Her pilot “Script(ure)” was a semi-finalist for the 2022 OUTFest Screenwriting Lab. Most recently, Sarah was the writers’ room assistant for the upcoming FX television show Dying for Sex, and a Performance Fellow with the Queer|Art|Mentorship program.

Director Daniel Krane is a Brooklyn-based director, producer, and writer. His work has been seen at The Brick, Abrons Arts Center, The Tank, Dixon Place, Theatre for One, and Princeton Summer Theater. His writing has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, American Theatre, and Exeunt NYC. As a director, Daniel makes theatrical parties where people meet the best versions of themselves, by confronting the worst sides of themselves.

Pianist Sofia Geck is a Filipino-American, Brooklyn-based writer, composer, and music director. She has written songs and scripts for Sesame Studios and PBS Kids, as well as composed and music directed work featured at The Brick, Dixon Place, and Abrons Arts Center. Her most recent work as a GBH Kids Scriptwriting Fellow premiered in the 2023 PBS animated series “Work It Out Wombats!”. Sofia is an alumni of Columbia’s annual musical satire The Varsity Show.