In 2016, Vivian Melde, Nava Sarracino and Christel Veraart joined forces to present The Child Behind the Eyes, by Israeli playwright Nava Semel. This monodrama was commissioned in 1986 by actress Assi Eshed, whose son was born with Down syndrome. Originally written in Hebrew, this play was translated in 10 languages and performed worldwide. The Pacific Northwest and Alaskan performances took place in Anchorage, Seward, and at the Victoria Fringe Festival (Canada). This production was directed by Vivian Melde, produced by RKP,  and the original music was composed by Christel Veraart.

The Anchorage performances for The Child behind the Eyes included audience discussions with the actress, director, and composer, along with the executive director of Alaska Down Syndrome Congress and Stone Soup Group (non profit agencies that advocate for children and families with differently abled individuals).

While preparing for the Alaska/Canada productions, composer, actress and director corresponded extensively with Nava Semel. Each one of us cherished her feedback and we were honored that she wrote a Hebrew adaptation for Christel’s song-lyrics that lead to Shir Eres, the title song composed for our production.

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2019 Performances – Alaska

June 19

Benefit Performance for Hope Studios

Church of Love, Anchorage

7:00 pm (doors open at 6.30)

After successful performances in 2016 in Alaska and Canada and in 2018 in The Netherlands The Child Behind the Eyes will be back in Anchorage as a Benefit Performance for Hope Studios.

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2018 Performances – The Netherlands

Highlights from this production will be performed in December 2018 in The Netherlands, at a Memorial Symposium celebrating the life and work of Nava Semel.




Summer 2016 

Seward, Alaska
Art House Coffee House, 320 3rd Ave

Aug 19 – 7:00pm
Aug 20 – 7:00pm

Victoria, British Columbia (Canada)
Fairfield Hall | 1303 Fairfield Rd

Aug 25 – 5:45pm
Aug 26 – 7:45pm
Aug 28 – 3:00pm
Aug 29 – 7:00pm
Sept 3 – 7:15pm
Sept 4 – 1:00pm

Anchorage, Alaska
Out North Contemporary Art House, 3800 Debarr Rd

Sept 16 – 7:00pm
Sept 17 – 7:00pm
Sept 18 –3:00pm
Sept 23 – 7:00pm
Sept 24 – 7:00pm
Sept 25 – 3:00pm