About the Play

Synopsis

SMASH-HIT: PLAYING TO SOLD OUT AUDIENCES FOR 4 YEARS! NEW EYES is a critically acclaimed one-woman show, starring Israeli-American actress, Yafit Josephson, that made its debut in Los Angeles in 2010 and has been a smash hit playing with rave reviews across the US for 4 years. NEW EYES tells the life story of Yafit Josephson, a young woman living in Israel who joins the Israeli army as part of her mandatory service to her country. Upon completing her service, she moves to Los Angeles to follow her dream of becoming an actress but finds herself constantly cast as the villain. Just as her native country wrestles with the world's false perceptions, Yafit must decide how far she is willing to go to challenge, change, or accept how others see her, and what she is willing to risk to fulfill her dreams and destiny. NEW EYES explores universal themes of self-esteem, family relationships, identity and cultural differences. Yafit Josephson portrays 18 characters from over 5 different countries as she conveys her riveting and uplifting story, as she sees the world, and it sees her, through NEW EYES.

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         "An accomplished performance! Hilarious!"- LA WEEKLY

"Ebullient solo show! Josephson is a winning presence!"- LA TIMES

                                                                               "The show is good for Israel!"- JEWISH JOURNAL

                                                                                                "Inspirational!"- BACKSTAGE


Crew

Sammie Wayne- Director

Sammie is a director, actor, stage manager, lighting designer and producer. He has a B.S. in Computer Science from DePaul University. Some of his stage credits include The Blacks, Salome, and One Woman Two Lives, for which he won the 2010 NAACP Theatre Award for Best Supporting Male Actor. TV and film credits include “Judging Amy”, “Diagnosis Murder”, “Danger in Paradise" and "Soulmates". 

Sammie has stage managed and lit one person shows for Emmy Award Winning Actor, Glynn Turman, Loretta Devine, Kim Wayans, and Ella Joyce. He is the director and lighting designer for Helie Lee's, "Macho Like Me". 
 
Sammie also co-produces, stage manages and designs the lights for Giving Back Corporations Annual Toast/Roast. Prior to his career in entertainment, Sammie spent more than 11 years in corporate America as a software engineer  for General Motors - Electronic Data Systems and Northrop Grumman.

Eliad Josephson- Producer

Eliad is an entrepreneur and a film executive in the entertainment business in Los Angeles, his credits include executive producer of 15 feature films, and is currently involved in development, production and distribution of feature films for world wide audiences. In 2009, Eliad relocated to Los Angeles from New York and implemented his financial and business background from Wall Street into the entertainment business. Prior to that, Eliad worked for Merrill Lynch in New York.

Eliad grew up in Israel and in 1998, after his service as a Paratrooper in the Israel Defense Force, he relocated to New York where he gained a B.B.A Magna cum laude degree from Baruch College, City University of New York. Eliad is one of the founders of Dor Chadash in New York, which is a dynamic community empowering a strong network of Israeli and American Jews to create meaningful connections with Israel through cutting edge programs and events. Eliad continues to be active in the Jewish community both in Los Angeles and New York. His nationwide contacts and entrepreneurial skills supported the expansion of New Eyes to more cities around the US. After covering the US, Eliad plans to present "New Eyes" in Europe, and with an ultimate dream to make a movie based on the show.


Suzanne Bressler- Co-Writer

Suzanne has been writing since she was four years old, starting on her parents’ living room walls. Much later in life, she gave up her jumbo crayons but not her desire to challenge her audience. As an undergraduate activist at Washington University, Suzanne founded and led “Students to End Poverty,” a homeless advocacy group. In this role, she combined her interest in social justice with her passion for writing, developing a play as her honors thesis and producing it with Hydeware and the Black Repertory Theater of St. Louis. Suzanne continued her education at USC where she earned a Masters in Professional Writing. She recently had a production at the Santa Monica Playhouse of her political comedy, “Asses and Elephants”. Suzanne is currently teaching at Wilshire Blvd. Temple’s religious school where she offers a script writing elective to high school students as well as general Jewish education classes to middle school and high school students.


David Elzer/Demand PR- Public Relations

David represents Cabrillo Music Theatre, Celebration Theatre, Colony Theatre Company, Furious Theatre Company, Havok Theatre Company, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, NoHo Arts Center Ensemble, Open Fist Theatre Company, Rubicon Theatre Company, Theatre Tribe and West Coast Ensemble.

He is also an Ovation, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, LA Weekly, Garland Award-winning theatrical producer with the critically-acclaimed, record breaking, 19-month run of The Marvelous Wonderettes and Winter Wonderettes at the El Portal Forum Theatre and for the smash-hit, critically acclaimed production of Life Could Be A Dream, which ran for a year at the Hudson Mainstage in Hollywood. He also produced the Drama League nominated Off-Broadway and Laguna Playhouse productions of The Marvelous Wonderettes as well as the Laguna Playhouse production of Life Could Be A Dream. Also a producer on Daddy Long Legs, The Best Is Yet To Come: The Music of Cy Coleman at the Rubicon; Dracula at the NoHo Arts Center, Sister Act: The Musical (Pasadena, Atlanta, London and Broadway), Vanities The Musical; Jewtopia - Off Broadway, The Laramie Project at the Laguna Playhouse and Catalpa and Shyness is Nice at the Alliance. He is also developing several other projects for production next year. Thanks to Yafit and Eliad for having me on board and thank you for supporting Los Angeles theatre!

For press interviews, press comps or photos, please contact David Elzer at davidelzer@me.com or at 818/508-1754.


Emir Isilay- Technical Director/Sound Editor

Emir was born in Istanbul, Turkey, and now resides in Los Angeles, where he is a composer, pianist, producer, arranger and engineer. He has composed music for many movies and TV shows appearing on SyFy, WB, Lifetime, Hallmark, Starz, and others. He has scored numerous independent films, and his score for “The Crimson Mask” was nominated for Best Original Score at the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival.  Emir also placed original songs in "Hangover Part II” (Warner Bros.) and “Kung Fu Panda: Holiday Special” (Dreamworks).

Earlier in his career, Emir worked with the Media Ventures team, home of the legendary film composer Hans Zimmer. There he worked and performed extensively with renowned composer and guitarist Heitor Pereira on “Curious George” (Universal), “Ask The Dust” (Paramount), “Haven” (Yari Film Group), “Two Weeks” (MGM) and “Dirty Dancing 2 Havana Nights” (Miramax). Emir has also worked as a pianist, arranger, orchestrator, engineer, and also wrote additional music with film and TV composer Philip Giffin on a wide variety of projects, including FOX’s “K-Ville”, NBC’s “Boomtown”, ABC’s “Eyes” and the MGM feature “Soul Plane." For more information, visit http:www.emirisilay.net.


Carey Dunn- Lighting Designer

Carey has enjoyed working in Los Angeles theatre for over twelve years. Recent credits include:  "Circle of Will", "Valentino Valentina", "The Blvd.", "Hangin' Out", "Firehouse". He is very happy to be working with everyone on this original production.