Robert Neumark Jones has been cast in the role of Jesse and Asha Reid has been cast as Alex in One Jewish Boy at The Old Red Lion.
Three-time Edinburgh award winner, Robert recently toured the UK in King Arthur, and starred in John Cleese’s Bang Bang. Asha most recently worked with Stephen Laughton in his play The Biggest Tarantino Fan in the World at Vault Festival earlier this year. Other credits include Scarlet at the Southwark Playhouse, Hacked at Theatre503 and Electra at the Old Vic.
Playwright, Stephen Laughton says: ‘I’m thrilled to be working with Asha again. I think she’s one of the strongest actors out there on the London scene and she’s just going to be magic as Alex. And Robert just blew us away in the auditions, he is basically the Jesse I always had in my head. I’m so excited about this.’
Sarah Meadows is directing the play – which will open at the Old Red Lion on Tuesday 11 December – and is once again teaming up with award-winning designer Georgia de Grey. She says: “It’s rare when casting falls into place so perfectly, but I have the dream team in Asha and Robert. I can’t wait to start work. Georgia is one of the smartest designers going and I’m thrilled to be collaborating with her again. She makes my ridiculous ideas a reality and then some!”
One Jewish Boy explores key moments over a four-year relationship between a nice Jewish boy from north London and the nice not-so-Jewish girl he falls desperately in love with… With the shadow of hatred festering at its very core the play is a bittersweet comedy fuelled by anti-Semitism. Told out of chronology – it asks if the fear of hatred, could be even worse than hate itself.
One Jewish Boy is at The Old Red Lion 11th December 2018 to 5th January 2019.