A Santa Monica Playhouse Jewish Heritage Series/Hysteria Productions in-person premiere. BOY VEY is not “based on a true story.” It is a true story, the story of how a Jewish girl's quest for love unveils the bizarre connections between her misbegotten dating life and inherited Holocaust trauma, a humorous, touching and powerful autobiographical solo show all about love, coming of age, and the Holocaust, written, performed and lived by Rachel Kaftan and directed by Dana Resnick. See it Saturdays at 7:30pm or Sundays 2:00pm matinee, September 11 through October 30.
RACHEL KAFTAN is an actor, playwright, singer, and producer based in Los Angeles. She grew up in rainy Seattle as the only child of two lesbian moms and a gay dad and came out to everyone as "straight" when she was seven years old. Past theatrical highlights include playing Tevye in an all-girls’ middle school rendition of Fiddler on the Roof, Kissing Kate Barlow in Holes at Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Fetch, a rabid, hyper-sexual reptilian-esque dog butcher, in an avant-garde production of Spring Awakening. Rachel has also worked closely with Seattle Repertory Theatre as a competitor (and later, intern) for the National August Wilson Monologue Competition (NYC, 2016) and Cornish College of the Arts as a singer/songwriter with vocal coach, Kelly Harland. During summer of 2020, and the height of the pandemic, Rachel became a RAINS Undergraduate Research Fellow for her studies on the trends and effects of intergenerational Holocaust trauma. That work, combined with her theatre major and Jewish background, is what led Rachel back to her childhood bedroom of fears: in the form of an autobiographical one-woman show all about love, coming-of-age, and the Holocaust.
DANA RESNICK has been directing nationally for over 15 years and is the recipient of the Stephen Bochco Award in Directing and the John Jutkowitz Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts. Most recently, she developed and directed the world premiere production of Sisters in Law by Jonathan Shapiro at Phoenix Theatre Company. Favorite past productions include: Bad Jews (Pure Theatre and Odyssey Theatre Ensemble), The Mill on the Floss (Carnegie Mellon), and The Island (best in Theatre at Piccolo Spoleto 2009). Dana was the head of the Theatre Department at Star Education, a non-profit based in LA that provides enrichment for public elementary school students throughout California.
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