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One Jewish Boy: A new play about anti-semitism | Old Red Lion Theatre

One Jewish BoyRobert Neumark Jones has been cast in the role of Jesse and Asha Reid has been cast as Alex.

Three-time Edinburgh award winner, Robert recently toured the UK in King Arthur and starred in John Cleese’s Bang Bang. Asha most recently worked with Stephen Laughton in his play The Biggest Tarantino Fan in the World at Vault Festival earlier this year. Other credits include Scarlet at the Southwark Playhouse, Hacked at Theatre503 and Electra at the Old Vic.

Playwright, Stephen Laughton says: ‘I’m thrilled to be working with Asha again. I think she’s one of the strongest actors out there on the London scene and she’s just going to be magic as Alex. And Robert just blew us away in the auditions, he is basically the Jesse I always had in my head. I’m so excited about this.

Sarah Meadows is directing the play – which will open at the Old Red Lion on Tuesday 11 December – and is once again teaming up with award-winning designer Georgia de Grey. She says: “It’s rare when casting falls into place so perfectly, but I have the dream team in Asha and Robert. I can’t wait to start work. Georgia is one of the smartest designers going and I’m thrilled to be collaborating with her again. She makes my ridiculous ideas a reality and then some!

Sarah and Georgia most recently worked together on Alkaline at the Park Theatre, which earned Georgia an Off-West End Theatre Award nomination. Georgia’s other credits include If We Got Some More Cocaine I Could Show You How I Love You at the Old Red Lion, Rails at York Theatre Royal and Cans at Theatre503.

The play, which explores rising anti-Semitism in the UK, has already caused controversy when it was met with anti-Semitic responses and the posting of Palestinian flags following its announcement on the eve of Kol Nidre – a festival marking the start of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. A few weeks later a far-right Jewish group attacked the playwright for his attempts to open a peaceful dialogue around the themes of the play and his support for a Palestinian State.

ONE JEWISH BOY explores key moments over a four-year relationship between a nice Jewish boy from north London and the nice not-so-Jewish girl he falls desperately in love with…
With the shadow of hatred festering at its very core the play is a bittersweet comedy fuelled by anti-Semitism. Told out of chronology – it asks if the fear of hatred, could be even worse than hate itself.

One Jewish Boy
Tuesday 11th December 2018 – Saturday 5th January 2019
For more information on the play and to book tickets visit:
https://www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk

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