A new play that imagines a conversation between famed Russian violinist Jascha Heifetz and Yehuda Sharett, composer and brother of future Israeli Prime Minister Moshe Sharett, which would inform an important conversation with the leader 20 years later.
From the producers: In this inspiring new play, discover how music helped Israel find its cultural identity during its formative years. In 1926, an unforgettable event occurred when Jascha Heifetz, the most celebrated violinist in the world, played a concert in pre-Israel Palestine. People flocked from all over the globe to see this performance, including Yehuda Sharett, composer and brother of future Israeli Prime Minister Moshe Sharett. Legend has it that after the performance, Heifetz and Yehuda walked together and shared a remarkable conversation that resonated twenty years later when, in 1945, Moshe echoed Heifetz’s experience with his brother in a similar exchange that changed the world as we know it.
British-born author James Inverne was the Editor of Gramophone magazine, Performing Arts Correspondent for Time Magazine and an arts feature writer for the Wall Street Journal. Other publications for which he has regularly written include the Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times and Mail On Sunday, and he was an arts commentator for CNN. "A Walk With Mr. Heifetz" is his first full-length play, though he previously has had success in London and elsewhere with the concert drama "Lorca's Songs."
The cast features Yuval Boim, Adam Green and Erik Lochtefeld, with violinist Mariella Haubs performing live music onstage. Primary Stages Artistic Director Andrew Leynse directs.What is Primary Stages?
Primary Stages is an excellent Off-Broadway producing company. Their 2007 production of Horton Foote's "Dividing the Estate" went on to have a very successful run on Broadway. In 2008, Primary Stages was honored with the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work. More here