By Gerald Blaise LaBita, Producing Director Theater LaB Houston
As a big fan of The Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC for many years (decades) now, it has always been with great anticipation to see who the talented and esteemed writers that will present at the J each year. Rabbi Chaim Potok was a headliner of the Book Fair back in November 1982 and I had the good fortune to see, meet and hear Potok talk about his life, writings and literature. It was a special personal event because years earlier I had become a fan of Potok’s fiction work. I stood in a very long line that night armed with my first edition hardback books and was able to say hello and have him sign my copies of The Chosen and My Name is Asher Lev.
Jumping forward 35 years, as Producing Director for Theater LaB Houston (TLH), it is my overwhelming pleasure and artistic endeavor to produce the stage adaptations of my two favorite Potok novels. In January 2015, TLH produced the critically acclaimed and sold-out production of My Name is Asher Lev and now in May 2017, TLH along with the theatre department at the J co-present the stage version of The Chosen.
We have assembled a great cast of Houston-based actors (and a few of your favorites) who bring Potok’s char
acters to life on the stage. They include Steve Garfinkel, Brad Goertz, Trevor B. Cone, Brian Chambers and John Forgy all under the expert direction of Linda Phenix.
Come join us at the Kaplan Theater May 11 – 21, 2017 as we present the stage adaptation of a great Jewish American novel The Chosen. There will be a matinee performance on Mother’s Day, May 14 at 3:00 p.m. So bring your mom! What a great treat for the entire family. Looking forward to seeing you at the Kaplan this May.