One Community, Many Stories: Identity
Featuring theatre dybbuk
December 2nd, 4pm-6pm
The Hanukkah story speaks of both strife and triumph, showing us how a group of people can overcome oppression, even as there are internal challenges and disagreements. This narrative asks us to look at the ways in which we come together and how we can exist as one community, even with our differences of practice, belief, and identification. During this unique event, theatre dybbuk and Beth Chayim Chadishim will take participants through an experience in which your own stories of belonging and identity become the basis for a one night only performance experience.
At our One Community, Many Stories event, we’ll be creating a communal experience through creative writing, personal storytelling, and performance. This program personalizes and illuminates the theme of existing as one community, even with our differences of practice, belief and identification – lifting up diverse voices within the community and bringing together all who attend.
Sabrina Hill Weisz
How it works:
At the start of the event, a theatre dybbuk facilitator will lead us through a 30-minute writing workshop in which we’ll compose personal essays and short stories. The writing workshop is structured so that we give focus to moments in our lives which are connected to the topic of Identity.
Next, we’ll have an opportunity to enjoy snacks, conversation and a short performance of the band WASI. During this time, the facilitator and a team of professional actors will be preparing our newly-written stories for performance.
Following WASI‘s performance, the professional actors perform a reading of a selection of our stories with live musical accompaniment.
Learn more about theatre dybbuk here.
Michael Kass is an award-winning storyteller, coach, and facilitator based in Los Angeles. As the founder of StoryImpact, he works with individuals and organizations to discover and harness the power of their stories to create change. Prior to creating StoryImpact, he worked for 15 years in the nonprofit world across sectors including education, museums, social service, arts, and healthcare. As a storyteller, his work has appeared on podcasts including I Love a Good Story, StoryWorthy, and TabooTales and his solo performance,Ceremony, has toured nationally garnering awards including Best of Fringe at the Hollywood and San Francisco Fringe Festivals. Michael is a former faculty member of American Jewish University and a mentor with the Creative Visions Foundation.
Sabrina Hill Weisz is a performing artist and playwright who has been teaching kids and adults for over 20 years. Her journey into Educational Outreach began when she toured Los Angeles county performing bilingual children’s theater pieces with the Santa Clarita Repertory Company. She taught Improv and sketch comedy at Bang Comedy Theater in Hollywood for kids and adults for a dozen years, all the while writing, performing and directing a variety of shows there and all over Los Angeles. Her foray into Jewish Education came in 2013 when she co-founded The ECLC Performing Arts Academy. She is currently the co-director of this arts integrated Hebrew School at Valley Beth Shalom.
Nick Greene works in the Los Angeles community in a variety of ways. He is a professional actor, appearing on ABC’s Castle and in several commercials. Nick is both the Seventh Grade Drakhim Teacher and Assistant Director of the Summer Camp at Valley Beth Shalom in LA. He is the Shevet Achim Los Angeles Fellow for Moving Traditions.
Nick works in the international community as well. He traveled to Rwanda, Africa with the Arts In Medicine program to work in a genocide survivor village alongside a group of Rwandan artists and performers promoting awareness of AIDS, Hygiene and Malaria. He received a dual degree in Theatre Performance and International Studies from the University of Florida.
Rebecca Rasmussen has performed with the Electric Lodge, Nom de Plume/NY International Fringe Festival, A Noise Within, Theatricum Botanicum, and Gold Coast Plays in addition to her work with theatre dybbuk. As a singer, she is a Soprano Soloist and Section Leader at Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel and at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino. Her film and TV credits include Who Was Buffalo Bill?, and What Really Happened During the Cuban Missle Crisis. She studied Theatre and Diplomacy & World Affairs at Occidental College, Theatre History and European History at Oxford University, and Acting under Michael Bofshever.
Max Bergmanis is an award-winning artist and keyboardist based in Los Angeles, CA. Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, he cultivated an online fan-base for his playing during high school, gaining over 9,000 subscribers on YouTube. He performs a mix of piano covers and original compositions.
Over the course of his career, Max has opened for two-time Grammy-winning singer, Rita Coolidge, as well as distinguished smooth jazz artist, David Benoit. A graduate of the USC Thornton School of Music’s prestigious jazz studies program, he has had the opportunity to study with some of today’s most internationally-renown jazz luminaries. Max is currently working on his debut EP, in which he continues to hone his singular artistic sound.
Top photo by 8Twenty8 Studios, from theatre dybbuk’s production, “assemble”