Love Sick
Love Sick

Love Sick

A passionate new musical play based on The Song of Songs

Written & adapted by Ofra Daniel
Music by Ofra Daniel
and Lior Ben-Hur
Musical direction by Yuval Ron
Directed by Christopher Renshaw

Osher Theater, Berkeley
Now playing!

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Mountain View Center
for the Performing Arts
Begins February 23, 2017

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Fusing a world-music concert experience with an original theatrical event, Love Sick is a world-premiere musical play that follows one woman’s journey through a relentless and fervent love affair—and her gradual descent into madness. With stories set in both modern-day Tel-Aviv and ancient Jerusalem, Love Sick features a thrilling world-music score performed live by an international collection of acclaimed musicians, and stars the Bay Area’s Ofra Daniel in an unforgettable tour-de-force performance. Drawing on the passionate poetry of the ancient Hebrew text “The Song of Songs” and helmed by Broadway and West End director Christopher Renshaw, Love Sick examines the universal elusiveness of love through a remarkable and mysterious story of desire, passion, and beauty.

With performances set for Berkeley’s intimate Osher Theater this January, followed by a run at the beautiful Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts in February, Bay Area audiences will be the first to experience this truly original theatrical event.

Read about the show on Broadway World!

Who’s Who

Ofra Daniel moved to the Bay Area with her family nine years ago from her native Israel and has been living in Berkeley ever since. Almost immediately upon arriving in the US, Daniel founded Jewish Circle Theatre, a nonprofit theatre company dedicated to building bridges between Israeli/Jewish cultures and other cultures of the world. Daniel serves both as the artistic director and executive director of JCT, producing plays by modern Israeli playwrights as well as her own original works: Edges, Kassit in Tel-Aviv (a musical), What If?, and Secrets Behind Closed Doors (three short plays). JCT’s plays are produced in Hebrew with English supertitles. The audience is comprised mostly of the many thousands of Israelis living and working Silicon Valley. Originally trained in acting at Tel-Aviv University, Daniel is an immersive creative artist, writing original plays, composing music and lyrics, directing, acting, and teaching.
Ali Paris has captivated audiences worldwide with his unique fusion of Middle Eastern and Western music styles. He accompanies his singing with his instrument, the qanun, a rare 76-string zither that dates to the fourteenth century and is played by only a handful of people across the globe. Recipient of multiple international awards, he has collaborated with a long list of such world-renowned artists as Alicia Keys, Quincy Jones, Ashton Kutcher, David Broza, Paco de Lucía, and Bobby McFerrin. His solo performances have been warmly received at prestigious venues worldwide and include the Newport and Istanbul jazz festivals, the White House in Washington, DC, and two Royal Palaces in Jordan & Abu Dhabi. He has appeared as a soloist with Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Philharmonic and is featured in the renowned Grammy Award–winning Spanish documentary Entre2aguas. Paris has also collaborated with numerous world-renowned artists to benefit the work of Doctors Without Borders and Keep a Child Alive. He tours extensively with his group, Ali Paris.
Deborah Del Mastro is a singer, actress, musician, and vocal coach. She is best known for her work as Sister Robert Anne in the well-known comedy series Nunsense. Del Mastro originated the role of Sister Robert Anne and has filmed, recorded, and toured in the last six Nunsense shows (including her one-nun show, Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class). Other favorite roles have been Margaret Johnson in The Light in the Piazza (Willows Theatre in Concord, California), Patsy Cline in Always . . . Patsy Cline (Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota), and Vera Simpson in Pal Joey (42nd Street Moon in San Francisco, California). Offstage, Del Mastro teaches voice, sings, and plays trumpet with two rock ’n’ roll bands: The drD Band and the Mixed Nuts Band. She’s also kept up her trumpet chops by playing in the pit for many local theatre orchestras. For more info, visit her website. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Blessings to all.
Aleksandra Dubov was six years old when she debuted as a professional singer at the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus in New York City. She majored in vocal performance at both Interlochen Center for the Arts and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. In her evolution as a performer throughout her life, Dubov came to see her connection to voice as conduit for spiritual expression. She has been a cantorial soloist throughout her life at synagogues around the country. She currently writes and performs her own music based on the ancient chants and teachings of the Tao Te Ching. For more information, visit her website.
Bekka Fink is honored to collaborate with all these amazing artists. She has played in the Bay Area with San Francisco Playhouse (Stepmother/Witch understudy in Into the Woods), the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Shotgun Players (Mrs. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera), TheatreWorks, and the Traveling Jewish Theatre, and she was in the world premiere of Vienna Teng and Tanya Shaffer’s The Fourth Messenger (directed by Matt August). New York credits include work with Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, Village Gate, and the Hangar Theatre (Johanna in Sweeney Todd); the national tour of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (Stepsister Joy; produced by Jeffrey Seller and Kevin McCollum); and six years collaborating with Tom O’Horgan (Broadway director of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar), including a tour in Bangkok, Thailand, and on Harry Partch’s Oedipus with Newband at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Television credits include Trauma (NBC) and The World’s Astonishing News! (Nippon TV, Japan). Film credits include Cookie Wars (San Francisco and Los Angeles international film festivals) and reVISIONS (independent feature by Coffee and Language Productions, 2016). Fink is in preproduction for a documentary web series about her internal and external de-cluttering work. For more information, visit her website.
Regina Morones is thrilled to make her Jewish Circle Theatre debut with Love Sick. She is a native Bay Area actor, singer, and teaching artist, and a proud member of San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Resident Artist Company. Morones is passionate about using theatre as a positive vehicle for change and healing among marginalized communities in the Bay. She was recently seen as Ker/Dorothea in The Princes at the 2016 SF Olympians Festival and Bianca in Othello at Marin Shakespeare Company. Other theatre credits include Conchita in Anna in the Tropics (Ross Valley Players), Rosaline in the musical version of Love’s Labour’s Lost (Douglas Morrisson Theatre), Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), and Laila in Silo Tree (2015 Iowa New Play Festival). Morones has a BA in theatre arts from Clark Atlanta University and an MFA in acting from the University of Iowa, and she is an Equity Membership Candidate with Actors’ Equity Association. For more, please visit her website.
Patrick Kelly has been playing bass and performing live for over a decade. Originally from Petaluma, he is a student at the Dominican University of California.
David McLean has been called “a unique sculpture of chord color, raw guts, and effusive linear tapestries” by Just Jazz Guitar Magazine. His musical wandering converged in Granada, Spain, where he lived for several years. He is the principle guitarist for the flamenco company, AguaClara Flamenco, which presented the works Somos Tierra and Diálogos in 2015, produced by the Azahar Foundation.  In 2016 the company presented Cómpas y Corazón in the San Francisco International Arts Festival and has directed an ongoing performance cycle at The Sound Room of Oakland since 2012.  David’s compositional works extend to contemporary stage-adaptations such as Cervantes’ “Don Quixote” and Lorca’s “Blood Wedding,” and music for balkan, jazz, middle-eastern, and other flamenco-infused ensembles. In 2007, he released his debut album of originals called “Found in Spain”, recorded at the studio of rock legend Jackson Browne. His next album is due in 2017.
Josh Mellinger is a multi-instrumentalist/percussionist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated with a BFA in percussion performance from California Institute for the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia, California, and has been studying percussion for more than fifteen years. He currently performs with several groups in the Bay Area and studies tabla with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael.
Asaf Ophir grew up playing classical, jazz, and klezmer music in Israel, where he attended the Rimon School of Music and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. He has played woodwinds in Israeli musicals on such distinguished stages as Habima Theatre, the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv, Jerusalem Theatre, and Haifa Theatre. Ophir recently moved to the United States in 2014 and continues to perform ethnic and jazz music throughout the Bay Area.
Faisal Zedan is originally from Syria and specializes in Arabic percussion traditions from the different regions of the Arab world. Zedan has been performing and teaching Arabic drumming and music to a wide range of music-seekers locally and abroad. In addition to Arabic music, he also performs different Eastern styles of music such as Turkish, Armenian, Persian, Greek, and Balkan. His approach to drumming is focused on preserving the traditional methods of playing classical and folk music. He is part of a collective effort to preserve, teach, and perform traditional music genres. For more about Zedan, visit his official website.
Christopher Renshaw has directed all over the world, from the Royal Opera House to Broadway. With a career that began in opera, he has worked with many of the greats, including Dame Joan Sutherland and Luciano Pavarotti. His work has been seen in the US, Australia, Israel, the UK, and throughout Europe. A gradual move towards straight theater began when he directed the production of The Grand Duchess of Gerolstein at the Camden Festival (with Patricia Routledge), followed by The Soldier’s Tale (with Sir Michael Hordern). His work moved to London’s West End with Dry Rot and Café Puccini (produced by Cameron Mackintosh and Andrew Lloyd Webber). Following a successful tour throughout Australia, his acclaimed production of The King and I opened on Broadway in 1996, garnering eight Tony Award nominations, which included the win for Best Revival. Subsequent productions included Taboo with Boy George on Broadway, the long-running rock musical We Will Rock You featuring the music of Queen on London’s West End, and the original musical Zorro based on the mythic character with music by the Gipsy Kings. The show was met with wide critical praise and included a multiyear world tour.
Matt Cole is a London-based choreographer and most recently choreographed the European premiere of Side Show at Southwark Playhouse, where the production received national acclaim. Before this, Cole choreographed the national tours of Footloose and Little Shop of Horrors, with both productions receiving universally glowing reviews nationally. Cole also directed and choreographed The MGM Story in London, a revue show based on the music of MGM. Other productions include the musical Rags (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Pure Imagination: The Songs of Leslie Bricusse (St. James Theatre), Bette Midler and Me (Edinburgh Festival and UK tour), Amour (Royal Academy of Music), and Jerry’s Girls (the Studio at St. James Theatre and Jermyn Street Theatre). Coles’s current projects include a new production of Carmen Jones called Carmen la Cubana, which received huge critical acclaim at Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, and is set to open in New York in late 2017.
Yuval Ron is a world-renowned musician, composer, educator, peace activist, and record producer. Among his many honors, he composed the music for the Academy Award–winning film, West Bank Story; was invited to perform for the Dalai Lama; and has collaborated with the Sufi leader Pir Zia Inayat-Khan. Under Ron’s leadership, The Yuval Ron Ensemble, an internationally renowned music and dance group, has been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faiths; it has been featured on CNN and National Geographic and in the international press and media. He was awarded with the Los Angeles Treasure Award and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Composers Forum, California Humanities, and The Rockefeller Foundation. Ron’s first book, Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to Wisdom, won the Gold Medal for Best Book in the spirituality category at the 2015 Indie Book Awards. To learn more about Ron, please visit his website.
Lior Ben-Hur is a performing artist, music composer, and award-winning educator born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel. Ben-Hur earned his BA from San Francisco State University in the world music program. Having a passion for music and world cultures, he has traveled the globe learning new musical traditions. In addition to performing, Ben-Hur is an educator who presents programs for children and adults, including Jewish music classes, songwriting workshops, and professional development workshops for Jewish educators. In 2013, Ben-Hur won the national Grinspoon-Steinhardt Award for Excellence in Jewish Education for his innovative methods of integrating music as part of the educational experience. In 2011 Ben-Hur founded Sol Tevél and in 2012, assisted by the legendary Israeli music producer Yossi Fine, he produced the band’s debut album, World Light. Along with his seven-piece band, Ben-Hur continues to focus on his passion for reggae.
Erik Flatmo is a set designer based in San Francisco. His designs for plays and musicals have been produced by companies across the country including American Conservatory Theater, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Magic Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, TheatreWorks, and Yale Repertory Theater. His work in opera has premiered at Opera Santa Barbara, Opera San José, and the Merola Opera Program. His work in dance and contemporary performance has toured internationally and within the United States. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Yale School of Drama. He teaches set design at Stanford University.
Connie Strayer has designed for theatre, dance, opera, and fashion. Some of her design credits include The Importance of Being Earnest and Hay Fever (Stanford Repertory Theatre); Così fan tutte and The Flying Dutchman (Opera San Jose); Radio Golf (TheatreWorks); Diaghilev Imagery with choreographers Amy Seiwert and Robert Moses (Oakland Ballet Company); and It’s a Wonderful Nutcracker (Menlowe Ballet). As a textile artist, she has worked on numerous projects for San Francisco Ballet such as The Rite of Spring, The Firebird, Classical Symphony, Reflections, The Fifth Season, and The Carnival of the Animals. Other textile work includes Martin Guerre (Guthrie Theater), Lambarena (Singapore Dance Theatre), and various projects for Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Teatro ZinZanni, Baz Luhrmann Productions, ODC, and numerous Bay Area theatres. Strayer is a full-time senior lecturer at Stanford University and teaches in the area of design. She is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.
Kate Boyd designs scenery and lighting in the Bay Area. She recently designed sets for Safe House at Aurora Theatre Company and The Most Dangerous Highway in the World with Golden Thread Productions. She also designed lights for Bare Flag Theatre’s Demetrius Unbound, sets for Aurora Theatre Company’s Mud Blue Sky and Rapture, Blister, Burn, as well as both sets and lights for Golden Thread Productions’ Isfahan Blues. Other productions include the Merola Opera Program, Urge for Going, Palomino at Aurora Theatre Company, Così fan tutti and Dialogues of the Carmelites for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Company C Contemporary Ballet, The Marriage of Figaro at Center REPertory Company, The K of D and The Long Christmas Ride Home at Magic Theatre, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and Splittin’ the Raft at Marin Theatre Company, and Nickle and Dimed for TheatreWorks and Brava Theater Center. Boyd teaches stagecraft and design at Lick-Wilmerding High School. She was a recipient of the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Design Fellowship.
Brendan Aanes has designed sound for a variety of performances. Recent productions include The Hard Problem, The Unfortunates, and Chester Bailey at American Conservatory Theater; Cowboy Bob at Ars Nova; Othello at California Shakespeare Theater; Triangle (Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Sound Design), Life of the Party, Confederates, and The Lake Effect for TheatreWorks; Fire in Dreamland at Kansas City Repertory Theatre; The Way West at Marin Theatre Company; Rapture, Blister, Burn at Aurora Theatre Company; The Hundred Flowers Project (Will Glickman Award for best new play) at Crowded Fire Theater; Mutt: Let’s All Talk About Race! at Impact Theatre; and Abigail’s Party, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and The Aliens at San Francisco Playhouse. He also worked as the associate sound designer on Old Hats at Signature Theatre Company and Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult (national tour).
Jeff Rowlings was the production manager at American Conservatory Theater (2001–12) and production manager/resident designer at Magic Theatre (1985–95). Rowlings cofounded Foghouse Productions, which produced Culture Clash Anthology and R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe in San Francisco, Chicago, and Seattle. Rowlings recently designed sets for Aurora Theatre Company’s The Heir Apparent and Word for Word Performing Arts Company’s Holiday High Jinx; lights for Marin Theatre Company’s The Oldest Boy (San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award nomination for best production); sets and lights for FOGG Theatre Company’s world premiere of The Cable Car Nymphomaniac (Theatre Bay Area Award nomination for best new musical); and lights for Magic Theatre’s Sister Play (SFBATCC Award nomination for lighting design) and Arlington.
Shannon Reilly has been working as a stage manager in the Bay Area for the past four years, most of which has been in the Conservatory at American Conservatory Theater. Some highlights include The Rocky Horror Show (A.C.T. Conservatory), Beauty and the Beast (Berkeley Playhouse), The Cable Car Nymphomaniac (FOGG Theatre Company), and Little Erik (Aurora Theatre Company).
John Gertz is the president and CEO of Zorro Productions, Inc., which he founded in 1977. He has produced four different Zorro motion pictures, including The Mask of Zorro (1998) and its sequel, with Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones. During his tenure, 11 different TV versions of Zorro have been produced, as well as about 50 stage productions. In 2005, together with world-renowned author Isabel Allende, he released the best-selling novel about the genesis of Zorro and is working with Columbia Pictures on bringing this novel to the screen. Gertz is currently lead producer of Zorro: The Musical, with a score by the Gipsy Kings, which has played London’s West End and has toured throughout the world; its Broadway run is planned for 2017. A resident of Berkeley, Gertz holds an MA in psychophysiology from the University of Haifa in Israel. He is an avid amateur astronomer, a classical pianist, a beekeeper, a mycologist, and an organic vegetable gardener. He has served on almost a dozen nonprofit boards and committees, most recently completing his third term as chairman of the board of trustees of the world-famous SETI Institute in Mountain View, California.
Charles Zukow Associates is a full-service public relations and marketing firm that has served northern California for nearly 20 years. Representing a wide variety of clients, from live theatre and attractions to retail and non-profit organizations, Charles Zukow Associates is regarded as one of the top public relations agencies in the Bay Area. Current clients include Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, American Conservatory Theater, Cirque du Soleil, Feinstein’s at the Nikko, Broadway San Jose, San Francisco General Hospital Foundation, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, Hillbarn Theatre, Taste Catering and Event Planning, and more.
RMT Media is a Bay Area based marketing firm that offers a broad range of services—from sales strategies and creative content creation to media planning and institutional storytelling. Owner Randy Taradash has over twenty years working in the arts industry, including a decade as the marketing and sales director at San Francisco’s Tony Award-winning American Conservatory Theater, and lead producer of the Off-Broadway musical bare. Current clients include American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Playhouse, Contra Costa Musical Theatre, Cloud 9 Productions / Silence! The Musical, and more.

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