Drama Production, April 15 & 16, 2018


Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School, in collaboration with Black Box Studios, announces their 2018 Spring Ma’ayanot Drama Society production: Sidney Kingsley’s captivating, riveting drama Detective Story.  Featuring the school’s largest and most diverse cast yet, Detective Story will be performed at 7:30PM on April 15 and April 16 at Ma’ayanot, 1650 Palisade Ave., Teaneck, NJ 07666. Tickets, available in advance, are $10 each and are on sale now at www.blackboxnynj.com. Due to the unique presentation of the play, seating is limited and advance purchases are suggested.

 The 1949 drama Detective Story, by acclaimed playwright Sidney Kingsley, was performed on Broadway for over two years and received an Edgar Award for best play. The story portrays a not-so-typical evening at a New York City police precinct, featuring detectives, criminals, and victims from all areas of the moral spectrum – where everything is not what it seems, particularly when it comes time to judge a person’s character.  Detective James McLeod questions everything he thinks he knows when secrets are revealed and the 21st Precinct detectives must try to keep from falling apart. In this postmodern classic, Kingsley blurs the lines between cops and criminals, between justice and vengeance, and between right and wrong.

This new production of Detective Story is directed by BBPAC/BBS Artistic Director Matt Okin and student directed by Ma’ayanot sophomores Tzivia Major and Avital Herman. Tech and Stage Management is provided by students Shalhevet Abenaim, Ayelet Handel, Elisheva Herzig, Rivka Krause, Meira Shapiro, Leora Wasserman, and Atara Weil. Black Box Rep Co members, the professional actors Bishon Prushankin and Joseph Ramondino, support the cast and tech team as teaching artists.

The Ma’ayanot/BBS production of Detective Story features a cast of 21 students from all grade levels including: Ayelet Abenaim, Elisheva Akselrod, Esther Brodsky, Yael Bruk, Yakira Cantor, Ilana Epstein, Miriam Fisch, Peri Fogel, Dina Halberstam, Lieba Joran, Maytal Kessler, Shoshana Klein, Rivka Krause, Eliora Kruman, Atara Meyers, Chana Radensky, Keren Raskin, Ariella Rosencrantz, Atara Weil, Sonia Weiner, and Maya Wind. In past seasons, the Spring plays produced by Ma’ayanot and BBS includeOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, My Aunt’s Son VinnyGrapes Of WrathStreet Scene, and A Few Good Men.

 For more information on the show, or on Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School, visit the website www.maayanot.org or like them on Facebook. For more information on Black Box Studios, visit the website www.blackboxpac.com  or like them on Facebook. Detective Story is presented in special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., and viewer discretion is advised as some content might not be suitable for those under the age of 13.