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Aviva In October

Playwright Tenara Calem

Playwright Tenara Calem

AVIVA IN OCTOBER

Within the insular but strong Modern-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay, a new wife and soon-to-be mother, Aviva, tries to fix broken things after her husband, Eli, has run away forever to play basketball. The process is diverted, impeded, and ultimately refocused by the characters who frequently drop in to the apartment: her mother-in-law, Ruthie, her cousin-in-law, Hadasa, community member Bayla, and Javier, the Mexican mechanic/basketball player from Coney Island.

Immediately arresting, interesting, funny and universal by concentrating on a fish out of water: a young woman experiences her own coming of age and potential rebirth!
— JPP Panelist

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Tenara is a playwright/actor/administrator living in Providence, Rhode Island. She has had the pleasure of working with a number of theaters across the country in several different capacities, including Columbus Civic Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Target Margin Theater Company, and Trinity Repertory Company (where she is the current Literary Intern for the 2015-16 season). Israeli-born, Ohio-raised, Tenara's written work includes AVIVA IN OCTOBER, FAIRY TALE, THE WILLOW, and SUMMER OF DATE PALMS. Tenara's acting work has also taken her abroad to Dresden, Germany with Theater Junge Generation. She is a 2015 grad from Bennington College, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in drama/politics.

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