The Jew in the Ashram at the Minnesota Fringe Festival
A funny, poignant, and lightly interactive solo show exploring spiritual healing and identity.
Created and Performed by Amanda Erin Miller
Directed by Rachel Elissa Evans
As a young woman, Amanda travels to an ashram in India to help her overcome a lifelong struggle with mental health. Guided by a cheerful guru, Amanda learns traditional yoga poses, chanting, and meditation, which provoke reflections on the role of Judaism in the lives of her late father and his mother, a Holocaust survivor he never met. At select moments, the audience is invited to move, chant, and reflect on their own spiritual journeys and identities—the ones we inherit and the ones we make for ourselves.
Amanda Erin Miller is an NYC-based writer, actor and Jewish educator. She has performed The Jew in the Ashram in a variety of settings including Temple Beth Shalom of Hastings, NY; The Kings Bay Y in Brooklyn, NY; Brandeis Collegiate Institute in Simi Valley, CA; and Bhakti Barn in Maplewood, New Jersey. Amanda has also toured several Fringes with her solo shows How To Suffer Better (Edmonton Fringe, Edinburgh Fringe, Pittsburgh Fringe – Best Actress Award Winner), Camp Smile Power: Curing Anger One Smile at a Time (PortFringe) and One Breath, Then Another: An Interactive Yoga Show, an earlier iteration of The Jew in the Ashram (San Francisco Fringe, PortFringe, Rochester Fringe). In 2013, her memoir One Breath, Then Another was published on Lucid River Press. Since 2010, Amanda has been combining theater arts, yoga and Jewish education in her work with synagogues and camps including Lab/Shul, Kolot Chayeinu, Temple Emanu-El, Union Temple and Sprout Brooklyn. She holds an MFA Creative Writing from The New School and a BFA in Acting from NYU. www.onebreaththenanother.com
“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 Miller is a gem of a storyteller.” -Fringe Review