OPEN Festival performances at the 14th Street Y will begin with a new version of Imagining Heschel, the political and historical fantasia based on famed liberal thinker Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s trip to the Vatican. The play is written by social justice leader Colin Greer, and the presentation is being co-produced by H!GHBROW, a veteran Off-Broadway and film production house, and featuresRonald Guttman (Mad Men) in a commanding performance as Heschel.
This year’s OPEN Festival begins with the world premiere of Part IV of award-winning, Brooklyn-based theater artist Yehuda Hyman’s The Mar Vista. By turns hilarious, touching, and heartbreaking, the performance will also include Part I, a solo by Hyman, presented in the rotunda of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. The dance-theater work will eventually comprise five parts, and will premiere at the Theater at the 14th Street Y in December.