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The Jew in the Ashram

By Amanda Erin Miller

Created by Amanda Erin Miller

A struggling young woman studies yoga at an ashram in India and unexpectedly reconnects with her Jewish roots. This funny, poignant, and lightly interactive solo show explores spiritual healing and identity.
The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up
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As a young woman, Amanda Miller travels to an ashram in India to help her overcome a lifelong struggle with mental health. Guided by the cheerful ashram guru, Purnima, Amanda learns traditional yoga practices, which provoke reflections on prayer, summer camp, and the role of Judaism in the lives of her late father, David (adopted by a rabbi), and his biological mother, Esther, a Polish Holocaust survivor whom he never met. At select moments, the audience is invited to move, chant, meditate and reflect on their own spiritual journeys and identities—the ones we inherit and the ones we make for ourselves. 

"Amanda Miller is a gem of a storyteller." -Fringe Review

"Amanda transforms her personal narrative of healing into a communal ritual that leaves you inspired, refreshed and warm of heart and soul. So grateful for her bravery and honesty; a show that must be experienced!" -Shawn Shafner, Theater Artist, Jewish Educator

"Through art, exploration of Jewish and yoga practices and ancestral histories, Amanda delves into the real and hard themes that coincide with growing up and becoming an independent person." -Franny Silverman, Director of Learning and Action, Kolot Chayeinu

"Amanda's story is one of loss, redemption, hope, frustration, exhilaration, and love. She inhabits the many characters she encounters on her journey with complete physical and emotional investment. She has the enviable ability to bring an audience on a trip around the world—and into her heart—seamlessly and without a trace of self-consciousness." -Robin Gabrielli, San Francisco Audience Reviews
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