Israel is a country known for its success in everything — from developing cutting edge technology, pharmaceuticals, bio-tech medical research, to producing beautiful, talented, amazing actresses and performers, such as Natalie Portman, Mili Avital, and now Yafit Josephson.
Yafit multitasks, taking on 18 distinct characters, in her one woman show, New Eyes, originating in Hollywood, and now she takes it “on the road” to the Pasadena Playhouse, and then a national tour, including Arizona, Kansas, New York, and New Jersey.
In New Eyes, she portrays an Israeli soldier, casting director, plastic surgeon, yoga instructor, Jewish mother, and even a matchmaker. The Israeli playwright is overjoyed with the feedback and positive buzz on New Eyes, such a big hit in the Los Angeles theatre circuit. Her one woman show has autobiographical roots, yet the play is about something even larger than art and life itself: “To Thine Own Self be True.” Without one’s integrity, sense of self, and an added dash of the requisite “chutzpah” and rebellion, one would lose connection to one’s roots and inner purpose.
Just as TV’s industry is vibrant as it successfully exports hit shows like Homeland and In Treatment, New Eyes is a fresh new look at an Israeli actress’ journey, and has inspired theatergoers throughout Los Angeles.
In order to thrive in her chosen career, Yafit stayed true to herself and her craft, despite external pressures and influences, and in so doing, creates roles most relevant and expressive to preserve her own identity and culture. She was offered many typecast roles of “bad guy, terrorist” or “evil villain, wicked witch,” on many an occasion, yet her internal values and outward persistence, so typical of a strong willed, “hard nosed” Sabra, gave her the voice and courage to make the statement, “I am who I am.”
Just like Israel itself, one tiny nation surrounded by the Arab autocracies, yet holding its own, Yafit ventured outside of the mainstream Hollywood mold, to carve her own destiny, “my way or the highway,” a bold and noble road to take. Theodore Herzl, the founding father of modern Zionism, said, “If you will it, it is no dream.” This philosophy and “can-do” attitude is what guides Yafit Josephson in her daily life, making her the shining starlet that she is.
New Eyes plays throughout the month of April at the Pasadena Playhouse. For tickets, visit www.pasadenaplayhouse.org or call (626) 356-7529. Find out more about New Eyes at www.neweyesplay.com.