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Casting Announced for Asher Lev

UNC student stars in the title role of My Name is Asher Lev

Cherry Creek Theatre (CCT) announced its cast for its final 2018 production, My Name is Asher Lev, opening October 18 at the Pluss Theatre in the Mizel Arts & Culture Center.

Newcomer Josue Ivan Prieto makes his Denver debut in the title role of the Hasidic artist. Originally from Aurora, Colo., Prieto is a current student at the University of Northern Colorado, pursuing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting.

“Josue brought a compelling combination of raw energy and emotional maturity,” said returning CCT director Bernie Cardell. “I am really jazzed to introduce him to Denver audiences because they will definitely be seeing him again and again.” Cardell is a two-time Henry Award-nominee (Vintage Theatre’s Avenue Q, Rabbit Hole).

Veteran Denver actors Christy Kruzick (And Toto Too’s Play Crawl) and Josh Levy (CCT’s Beau Jest, The Baby Dance) join Prieto as Lev’s mother and father.

Written by Aaron Posner, the award-winning stage adaptation of Chaim Potok’s acclaimed novel follows Asher Lev, an artist caught between two worlds. Relationships with his parents, community, and mentor are all on the line as the prodigy must make a difficult choice between art and faith.

My Name is Asher Lev creative team includes scenic designer M. Curtis Grittner, costume designer Steffani Day, lighting designer Karalyn Star Pytel, sound designer Morgan McCauley, prop designer Kortney Hanson, stage manager Lexi Holtzer, and producer Susie Snodgrass.

Tickets start at $30 and are available by calling the box office at 303-800-6578 or visiting cherrycreektheatre.org.

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My Name is Asher Lev

By Aaron Posner
Based on the novel by Chaim Potok
Directed by Bernie Cardell

October 18–November 11, 2018

Mizel Center Pluss Theatre
350 South Dahlia Street
Denver, Colorado 80246

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Christy Kruzick

The Women

Christy is thrilled to be making her Cherry Creek Theatre debut in My Name...

Christy is thrilled to be making her Cherry Creek Theatre debut in My Name is Asher Lev. She most recently played Grace in Leap at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Master Class Project, and Gail in Not Just Anybody for the And Toto Too play crawl. Other favorite roles include Rose in Dancing at Lughnasa, Peter in Peter Pan, and Tess in Six Degrees of Separation. Christy has studied at Playhouse West in Los Angeles, and at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She’d like to think all of her amazing teachers and mentors.

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Josh Levy

The Men

Josh is thrilled to be able to perform at the Cherry Creek Theatre for the...

Josh is thrilled to be able to perform at the Cherry Creek Theatre for the third time! His experiences in both The Baby Dance and Beau Jest were ones that he will remember forever. Being artistic as an actor, and growing up with rich Jewish traditions, My Name is Asher Lev really hits home for him. He also just finished performing as Charlie in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman at the Edge Theatre in Lakewood. Josh would like to extend a personal thank you to his family and friends for being so encouraging and supportive in his passion for the arts, especially his wife Zarah, and two children Sophia and Miles.

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Josue Ivan Prieto

Asher Lev

Josue Ivan is in his last year of his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting...

Josue Ivan is in his last year of his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Acting at the University of Northern Colorado. Josue recently has worked in a variety of productions such as She Kills Monsters as Steve, Ramon Esquivel’s play for young audiences, Luna, as Papa, and The Pillowman as Katurian. He is very excited and proud to be a part of the wonderful cast of My Name is Asher Lev and hopes that you enjoy the show. Josue Ivan would also like to thank his family, friends and his girlfriend Lyndsay Krausa for the love and support they give him.

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