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Film: The Child Behind The Eyes – Dartmouth Players Theatre, August 29th-31st

The Child Behind the Eyes

In 2016, Vivian Melde, Nava Sarracino and Christel Veraart joined forces to present The Child Behind the Eyes, by Israeli playwright Nava Semel. This monodrama was commissioned in 1986 by actress Assi Eshed, whose son was born with Down syndrome. Originally written in Hebrew, this play was translated into 10 languages and performed worldwide. The Pacific Northwest and Alaskan performances took place in Anchorage, Seward, and at the Victoria Fringe Festival. This production was directed by Vivian Melde, produced by RKP,  and the original music was composed by Christel Veraart.

In a personal conversation between actress and playwright, Nava Semel explains how her play, The Child Behind the Eyes, is a voyage into a family who struggles with pain, ignorance and fears. In this play, main character ‘Yotam’, innocent, and open hearted, becomes the source of love to all members of the family. In fact, he is the one who teaches them all a new meaning of life. Israeli actress Assi Eshed commissioned Semel to write ‘The Child Behind the Eyes’, because she wanted to share her personal story of her son, who has Down syndrome. Eshed performed the play for 11 years in Israel, with more than 1,000 performances.
Semel dedicates the play as a tribute to her own mother, Mimi, who survived the Auschwitz concentration camp.

The film is being shown at the following 3 times:

Thursday, August 29th: 9:15pm

Friday, August 30th: 7:00pm

Saturday, August 31st: 8:00pm

For more information including tickets, please press the link: http://dartmouthplayers.ns.ca/calendar/#event=32649974

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