in cooperation with the Koby Mandell Foundation
The Blessing of a Broken Heart
An award-winning play by Todd Salovey
Based on the award-winning book by Sherri Mandell
Directed by Yael Valier, designed by John Krug
Sherri Mandell wrote a heartrending and hope-giving book in the year after her son Koby's murder. Todd Salovey's play brings that year searingly to life.
Blessing of a Broken Heart opens in January 2022 in Jerusalem and goes on to show in Gush Etzion, Beit Shemesh, Ra'anana and Modi'in. Todd Salovey’s play, based on Sherri Mandell’s National Jewish Book Award-winning book, won the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. It tells the true story of Sherri’s journey with and through grief after her son Koby’s vicious murder during the Second Intifada.
Auditions will be at the end of September, 2021. Production designer John Krug and director Yael Valier are already working on the concept and design of the show. Keep an eye out for a casting call. We’ll be looking for a strong actor who can portray a 40-45 year-old woman to play Sherri, and four more actors of any age, preferably with a background in dance or physical theater.
Performances will be followed by discussions on grief, faith, and doubt with Rabbi Seth Mandell (Koby’s father), and others.
Scenes from current and previous productions