The Blessing of a Broken Heart

by Todd Salovey 

based on the book by Sherri Mandell 

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With the cooperation of the Koby Mandell Foundation

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Direction by Yael Valier, Production Design by John Krug

Sherri Mandell wrote a heartrending and hope-giving book in the year after her son Koby's murder. This one-woman play brings that year searingly to life. 

Had Covid not disrupted our plans, October should have seen the opening of the one-woman show, Blessing of a Broken Heart. Todd Salovey’s play, based on Sherri Mandell’s National Jewish Book Award winning book, tells the true story of Sherri’s journey through and with grief after her son Koby’s vicious murder during the second Intifada.


Though we cannot rehearse the play yet, production designer John Krug and director Yael Valier are working on the concept and design of the show, which will center around a clean-lined, multi-level set in a grayscale palette manipulated by four silent cast members. 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 actors 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.