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Runs from Tuesday September 16 2014 to Sunday September 28 2014

Approximate running time: 1 hour


Belfry's BMO Studio Theatre
1291 Gladstone Ave @ Fernwood
Victoria BC V8T 1G5

Play Notes



At the Belfry Arts Centre Studio A September 16 - 28, 2014 Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00pm (with the exception of Thursday September 18), and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm. Ticket Prices (prices do not include GST): $20.00 Adults $15.00 Students/Seniors Open Seating Audience Advice: The show contains mature language and is suitable for those age 16+. Please note that, due to the intimate nature of the performance space, latecomers cannot be admitted; those who leave the theatre during the play will not be reseated. No refunds.

A Jew and a Muslim walk into a bar... "My Rabbi" is a comedic drama about two Canadian best friends who go on spiritual journeys that change their lives forever. A thought-provoking story about the lines between faith and friendship. At a time when fighting in Gaza is intensifying, "My Rabbi" looks a global politics through the eyes of two young Canadian men -- Arya, who is Muslim; and Jacob, who is Jewish. Inspired by the creators' real-lif friendship (Kelly is half-Iranian, half-Irish, and Bernbaum is Jewish), this unflinching and heartfelt comedic drama gives a uniquely personal and Canadian perspective on the complex issues around the clash of Judaism and Islam. It is a play about the connection between two boyhood friends, but at its heart it is about Canadian identity and how that relates to the battle between old world politics and religious boundaries. As a young man Arya travels to the Middle East in search of his cultural identity while Jacob goes on to become a rabbi. As their spiritual journeys lead them in divergent directions, the differences they laughed over and celebrated in their youth become a source of friction. Their lives are changed forever when the age-old battle manifests in their respective communities.

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