“Oh God” promises a deep exploration into what it means to be human at Chester Theatre Co

Maureen Keiller and Will Lyman in OH GOD, playing July 14-24 at Chester Theatre Company

Maureen Keiller and Will Lyman in OH GOD, playing July 14-24 at Chester Theatre Company

Chester Theatre Company (CTC) and Israeli Stage are proud to partner in presenting the Regional Premiere of Oh God by Anat Gov at the historic Town Hall,15 Middlefield Road in Chester, MA, from July 14 through July 24, 2016.

Oh God centers around a therapy session between a very depressed God and Ella, a therapist and single mother with doubts about her own faith. God gives Ella a challenge: Cure him of his terrible depression in one session or he will put an end to his greatest and most disappointing creation—humankind. The play, which has been performed throughout the world to great acclaim, recently completed a sold-out run in Boston where the Boston Globe called it a “wryly incisive comedy” in a “first-rate production,” adding “For a play so concerned about divinity, it is utterly human.”

“This hilarious and poignant play has brought so much joy to the hearts and minds of audiences across the world,” said Guy Ben-Aharon, Producing Artistic Director of Israeli Stage. “It has been translated to English, German, Spanish, French, and countless other languages. We are thrilled to be bringing it to the beautiful Berkshire hills.”

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Ben-Aharon continued, “Sharing the diversity of Israeli culture is our honor and a privilege. We are grateful to be partnering with the Chester Theatre Company to spark dialogue between audiences and artists and strengthen this growing cultural bridge between the United States and the Middle East.”

For his part, CTC Producing Artistic Director Daniel Elihu Kramer said, “We are thrilled to partner with Israeli Stage to bring this remarkable play to our audience. Oh God is both a delight and a deeply thoughtful exploration of what it means to be human.”

The artistic team behind Oh God includes:

Guy Ben-Aharon (Director/Israeli Stage Producing Artistic Director) Born in Israel, Guy is the Founder of Israeli Stage, for which he directed the North American Premiere Production of Ulysses on Bottles (April 2015). After the success of Israeli Stage, Guy was asked by the Goethe-Institut Boston to develop German Stage, as well as Swiss Stage for swissnex-Boston, Austrian Stage for the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, and French Stage for the French Cultural Center/Consulate General of France. His dedication to international theatre has resulted in tours up and down the East Coast. A proud Emerson College alum, Guy is a member of the ROI Global Entrepreneurs Community, a 2013 Theaterreffen International Forum Fellow in Berlin, Germany, and a 2015 AdR Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK. His numerous awards include being named one of the 18 Influential Leaders under 45 in the Boston Jewish Community and winner of the inaugural Chai in the Hub award by the Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

Anat Gov (Playwright) was born in Tiberias, on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, in 1953. Her popular Oh God has been produced around the globe, including Italy, Germany, Poland, Russia, and Argentina, where it ran for two years. Other plays include Best Friends, Lysistrata, Househusband, A Warm Family, and Happy Ending, an unlikely comedy about a woman with cancer who chooses not to have chemotherapy. Sadly, the play was autobiographical; Anat Gov died in 2012 after a long battle with cancer, leaving a significant imprint on Israeli theatre.

Show times are 8:00 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Ticket prices are $37.50 for general audiences and
$10.00 for students and residents of Chester. Tickets may be purchased online at
www.chestertheatre.org, or by phone at 1.800.595.4TIX (4849).

CTC will be presenting Talkbacks with theatre artists following the 2:00 p.m. matinees
on Thursday, July 14 and 21, and the Saturday evening shows on July 16 and 23; a
Panel Discussion featuring Rabbi Neil P.G. Hirsch of Hevreh of Southern Berkshire
and the Reverend Nancy Webb Stroud, rector of the Episcopal Church of the
Atonement in Westfield, MA, and moderated by Daniel Elihu Kramer after the Saturday,
July 17 matinee; and Cast Conversations following the Friday matinees on July 15 and
22.

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