Becoming Eve
New York Theatre Workshop

Becoming Eve

a work-in-progress reading
August 12, 2023

This event occurred as part of the 23/24 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

The powerful coming-of-age story about an ultra-Orthodox child's search for their identity and life as a transgender woman.

23/24 Hop Presents

Written by Em Weinstein 
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli 
Becoming Eve is the true story of Rabbi Abby Chava Stein, the child of a prominent Hasidic family whose identity as a trans woman comes into opposition with the strictly gendered world in which she was raised. The play centers on a conversation between Abby, her devout father and a young liberal rabbi, as they reckon with questions of gender and faith. 

A conversation with the artists follows the performance.

Generously supported by the Howard Gilman 1944 Directorship at the Hopkins Center for the Arts Fund

Em Weinstein is a writer and director for film, television and theater. Em's recent work includes writing on A League of Their Own for Amazon, and directing four episodes of the final season of The L Word: Generation Q for Showtime. Em's short film, In France Michelle is a Man's Name played at festivals around the world, winning Grand Jury Prizes at Slamdance and Outfest. Em graduated from Yale School of Drama where they directed the first workshop production of Jeremy O. Harris' Slave Play. Em is transmasculine and uses they/them and he/him pronouns.

Tyne Rafaeli directs for stage, screen and audio. Recent productions include Keith Bunin's The Coast Starlight (Lincoln Center Theatre; NY Times Critics' Pick), Brian Watkins' Epiphany (Lincoln Center Theatre; NY Times Critics' Pick), Sylvia Khoury's Selling Kabul (Playwright's Horizons, NY Times Critics' Pick, Pulitzer Prize finalist); Ming Peiffer's Usual Girls (Roundabout, NY Times Critics' Pick, Drama Desk Nom), Craig Lucas' I Was Most Alive With You (Playwright's Horizons, NY Times Critics' Pick) and Lauren Yee's In a Word (Cherry Lane, NY Times Critics' Pick); also Sylvia Khoury's Power Strip (LCT3); Michael Yates Crowley's The Rape of The Sabine Women (Playwrights Realm); Martyna Majok's Ironbound and the world premiere of Anna Ziegler's Actually (Geffen Playhouse). Her work has also been seen at The Public, MTC, Atlantic, Williamstown Theatre Festival, La Jolla, CSC and MCC amongst others. TV: The Good Fight, Single Drunk Female and Evil. Audio: The Miranda Obsession by Jen Silverman starring Rachel Brosnahan; Self Center by Matthew Chauncey starring Kim Cattrall and Judy Greer. Tyne is currently co-producing and directing a new scripted series with Emmy Rossum for Audible.

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