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In The Voice of Our Mothers

The B’nai Torah Theatre Arts Series, GFour Productions, and producer/director Shari Upbin will bring In The Voice Of Our Mothers to the B’nai Torah stage for one performance only on February 15th, 2015.  Playwright Carol Fox Prescott, who will also direct the production, will conduct a ‘talk back’ with the audience after the February 15th performance.  In the Voice of Our Mothers will also be presented at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center, 5850 South Pine Island Road, Davie, on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

Told from the point of view of the women, In The Voice of Our Mothers reveals the intimate and compelling narratives of five of the most beloved and iconic women of the bible.  They invite audiences into their worlds, and offer first-person accounts of their stories – stories that are familiar to all, yet are also the stories of their lives.  Prescott stays true to the ancient texts – yet the play powerfully convinces audiences of the relevance of these women’s lives – their actions, their choices, and the consequences thereof – even today. 

 “When I wrote the original stories that In The Voice of Our Mothers is based on, I was looking for a way back into Jewish life and practice that would nourish and sustain me, different from the religion of my childhood,” Prescott has said.  “As an actress, it was natural for me to attempt to step into the shoes of the women and look out through their eyes. The process worked on a very personal level, providing an opening for prayer, celebration, community and growth”.  “When it was suggested to me that the stories become a play, I wholeheartedly dove into the project without thinking much about what they might mean to me now, twenty years later,” she continued. “While working on and developing the play in rehearsal and performance in a variety of venues – synagogues churches, universities, prisons, theaters – I assumed that questions would be asked and answered in the process. And it has, as they say in the Bible, come to pass. The play continues to unfold as our audiences help us to reveal deeper and richer textures through our relationships within these ancient texts”.

“The subject and presentation of this amazing piece of theatre will bring joy and tears to anyone who experiences In The Voice Of Our Mothers,” says producer Shari Upbin.  “It is a tribute to women of all religions around the world. To be connected to an event that will be ongoing and witnessed by audiences all over, is an homage to the mothers of the Bible.” The music from Rabbi Danielle Upbin’s CD Reveal the Light has been incorporated into the Boca Raton production. “When I heard the CD,” says Carol Fox Prescott, ‘I said ‘this is my dream, these are the songs.’”  Rabbi Upbin is Shari Upbin’s daughter.

Five talented actresses will don the mantles of the Matriarchs: Renee Rogoff will play Sarah, Mary Stucchi will play Rachel, Penny Mandel will play Rebecca, Malia Nicoline will play Miriam, and Irene Kessler will play Leah. Peggy Linker will understudy all roles. And Judy Goldman will play the shofar in the production.    “In The Voice of Our Mothers is everything great theatre should be,” says Seth Greenleaf of GFour Productions.  Exciting, educational, challenging, and rewarding.”

In the Voice Of Our Mothers is the second in the Theatre Arts Series at B’nai Torah. The series’ first production, James Sherman’s From Door to Door, directed by Shari Upbin, played to a full house on January 18th.

In the Voice Of Our Mothers will run for one performance, only – on February 15th, 2015, at 1 pm at Congregation B’nai Torah, located at 6261 SW 18th St. in Boca Raton.  Tickets are $36 ($25 for congregational members), and may be purchased by calling 561-392-8566 or on line at www.bnai-torah.org.  Group rates are available. For more information about In the Voice Of Our Mothers, GFour Productions, or Shari Upbin, please contact Carol Kassie at ckassie@gmail.com / 561-445-9244. For more information about Rabbi Danielle Upbin and Reveal the Light, visit http://www.danielleupbin.com

 

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What an interesting approach! It feels so gentle and harmonious releasing the actor from all kinds of stress and violence.  I have to tell you, you spoke right into my heart! From the introduction to the very last page I got fascinated, encouraged, consoled, scolded, amused (what a beautiful sense of humor!), and even deeply, deeply moved.

—Evita Zimali, Athens, Greece

I continue to write my new play, June and Nancy, and I am constantly moving through blocks of fear and perfectionism. I was not sure how bringing bits and pieces of my play into class would help in the beginning; I just trusted that this process worked, so I did. What I was able to learn was that it wasn't until stepping into the lives of these characters did I truly understood who they were. Not sure that I still do completely, but what I do know is that by being fully present with The Breathwork, I was actually able to take a clear inventory of my writing.  I am so excited to continue on this journey with you, and am truly grateful of the process that you guide me through.
—Michelle Ramoni, actor, playwright

I can just trust you to be my eyes -- well, better than MY eyes. Someone who can see me more clearly than I see myself. I know if I'm just wandering or waffling directionless, you will see what is blocking me or getting in my way and will offer me a way to work with it, and then I will suddenly find RELEASE and then I feel SO much better! Then I feel hopeful again about moving forward and creating more -- I feel all the possibilities instead of all the ‘can’ts’.
—Gabrielle Maisels, writer, playwright

I was reading the Chabad webpage about the symbolisms of light for the holiday of Chanukah, and I came across this paragraph…

The ultimate luminary is one who effects real change in others: transforming the darkness into light. Teaching and training others to take those emotional triggers that spawn feelings of anger, inadequacy, helplessness and lethargy, and channel them properly so that instead they produce passion, productive introspection and commitment to self-improvement. This is real light. Not one that is superimposed, and not one that will vanish when the ‘sun sets.’

This is what you have done for me, and for that I am eternally grateful.”
—Adam Hocherman, actor


Among the best of acting master teachers Carol Fox Prescott stands unique & 'kind of' alone through what she 'kind of' does not do... but all the while (& at the same time) altering the very core and being of those brave students of acting wise and lucky enough to have entrusted their hearts, their souls, bodies and nascent talents to her.

Carol is a magnificent seven inspirator all by herself. More often than not she'll bring a body ready to roll & dig right to its own goldmine of creativity.

In a 'métier', trade & pitiless industry where talent abounds & is never all there is (& rightly so) she's – let me repeat myself — 'kind of' indispensable. An angel whose invisible sword is her deep & uncanny knowledge of what the actor's breath does to his work & behavior on stage & on camera.

She's miraculous. I have seen on two continents the wonders she makes happen for the many students she empowers & makes better actors through her gifts. A ‘Dictator of the Breath,’ Ms Prescott is a diamond; she is a vital key to good and great acting. It could be said that she is to the actor's efficacy in a role what electricity is to the electric bulb: she lights the way, the only way to becoming fully yourself and for yourself through others & what is most precious in you: who & what you are in action.

Just breathe! Breathe! Do!

Mind her. She knows & the best is now to come: do what she inspires you to do in this most precious of book. And better: GO to her. She's around.

Alchemist of what the Hindus call 'RESPIR', Carol, in all simplicity, is a 'kind of' genius. A most necessary angel in a time, ours, that eschews or mistreats them.

What she really does, time after time, is this: she makes us witnesses of ‘mystery as mystery, and she transmits the invisible as invisible.’ Your choice.

 —Robert Cordier, Artistic Director, “Acting International” Paris, France