Performance of “The Chosen” supports Burlington mural

Shelburne resident Matthew Winston will perform in the Burlington encore performance of “The Chosen” March 10 at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue.

Shelburne resident Matthew Winston will perform in the Burlington encore performance of “The Chosen” March 10 at Ohavi Zedek Synagogue.

Theatre Kavanah, a Burlington-based company devoted to exploring the intricacies of the Jewish experience, is pleased to bring a staged reading of Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok’s “The Chosen” to Ohavi Zedek Synagogue in Burlington on Sunday, March 10 at 2 pm.

Directed by Mark Alan Gordon, “The Chosen” immerses its audience in the lives of two boys, two fathers, and two distinct Jewish communities, “five blocks and a world apart.”  Set against the backdrop of World War II, the revelation of the Holocaust, and the founding of the State of Israel, the play is at once heartbreaking and hopeful.  Its themes of struggle, transformation, and understanding transcend time and circumstance.

The March 10 matinee at Ohavi Zedek will benefit the preservation of a mural by the Lithuanian artist Ben Zion Black, which was uncovered at the site of the former Chai Adam Synagogue in Burlington’s Old North End.  The mural, dating back more than 100 years and painted directly on the wall, is a rare example of Lithuanian folk art that was used to decorate the bimah, or dais, of the synagogue. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue is consulting with art conservators to determine the best means of preserving this exceptional work.

The performance will be followed by a talk-back with the creatives.

Shelburnite Matthew Winston will be featured in the encore performance along with G. Richard Ames, Bruce Chalmer, Adam Joselson, Jason Lorber, and Charlie Yarwood.

Tickets are $15/$18 students and seniors and are at the door.  To reserve tickets or for more information, please call Ohavi Zedek Synagogue at (802) 864-0218.

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