On Monday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. Temple Anshe Amunim, in conjunction with Congregation Knesset Israel, will present a reprise of The Trial of Aaron, Jesse Waldinger’s popular courtroom drama which was originally seen last October.
The Trial of Aaron focuses on the well-known biblical story of the Golden Calf. While Moses was atop Mount Sinai receiving the Ten Commandments, his brother Aaron constructed a calf of pure gold, which the Children of Israel proceeded to worship as an idol. Witnessing this transgression, an enraged Moses threw the newly-delivered sacred tablets to the ground, and retribution followed. But Aaron was never called to account for violating the mandate against idolatry.
What was Aaron thinking when he built the Golden Calf? Was he guilty of a capital offense? Why was he never punished? These questions will be theatrically explored, and Aaron’s fate will be determined by a jury of select audience members, based on evidence drawn largely from biblical text.
The professional actors performing in the staged reading include Paul Carter, Kate Hettesheimer, Andrew Joffe, Hana Kenny, James Occhino, John Romeo and John Trainor.
Jesse Waldinger is an attorney, playwright, and author of The Finaly Affair, which debuted at Temple Anshe Amunim in 2014 as part of the Kristallnacht observance. He is co-director of the Hudson-based play development group Plays in Progress.
The play will be directed by Dr. Barbara Waldinger, a director and professor of Theatre. Dr. Waldinger has taught at Hofstra University, Marymount College, and Queens College, and is presently an OLLI instructor. She serves as Artistic Director of HRC Showcase Theatre, an Equity-approved company that performs staged readings of new plays in Hudson, New York. She also directs new plays for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and Plays in Progress, in addition to teaching and directing at Temple Anshe Amunim.
The production, co-sponsored by Temple Anshe Amunim and Congregation Knesset Israel, will be staged at Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad Street, Pittsfield. Refreshments will be served and a discussion, featuring Rabbi Josh Breindel and Rabbi David Weiner will follow the verdict. Admission is $20; admission for students is free.
Sponsor: Temple Anshe Amunim and Congregation Knesset Israel