**The content in this production reflects back on personal stories and experiences – including suicide. This production is meant to provide awareness to these difficult issues, but some may find these topics emotionally challenging.**
Directed by Martin Jason Asprey
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Growing up in Israel, serving in the Army in a culture of guns and grenades with war at home and in the streets, violence was the norm. Many turn to suicide as a way to blot it all out.
It is a personal story but one that simmers in the hearts of many who live in a culture of violence with a history of persecution and easy access to guns.
This then, is an examination of that experience, which is prevalent in the US and globally. It is a depiction of an inner emotional landscape and the healing that comes through theater and faith especially through the plays of Shakespeare, paving the way from the fragmentation and overwhelm of trauma to the narrative of being present in the now and a universal cry for meaning and peace.
Watch the trailer for TAMIR’s latest one-woman show, NOW.
Videographer: Zachary de Silva
A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR
This is a very powerful story of suicide, language, dance, the power of words, Shakespeare, survival, celebration and hope.
“NOW” for me says it’s never too late to find what you love. That not holding on to your trauma but finding a way to give it voice in any form will release it and shift the thinking of many. As we say in AA “Wisdom comes from experience and experience comes from making mistakes.” In this day and age of social media, less community, group experience, and cutting ourselves off from the pain of people’s lives (stepping over the homeless) — honest theatre is needed “NOW” more than ever!!
TAMIR is a talented writer, dancer, actor, singer and a very unusual intense human with one hell of a life. It’s been an honor to be a part of this terrific show. A friend said it best to me after seeing NOW: “this is why I go to the theatre, this is what theatre is for!”
Thanks for being here and I hope you too will cry, laugh, question, reflect, learn and believe in the power of art!
– Martin J. Asprey
Edith Stein (B’Way), Amazing Grace, Founder of Ensemble Studio Theatre
TAMIR discusses her one-woman show, NOW.