New Eyes tells the true story of Yafit Josephson, a young Israeli woman. After completing her service in the Israeli army, she moves to Los Angeles to become an actress but is continually cast as a Middle Eastern villain. She must decide how far she's willing to go to challenge, change, or accept how others see her, and what she's willing to risk to fulfill her dreams. Josephson co-wrote the production and portrays all of the play's more-than 18 characters. It's been a local hit for over three years, and has toured the U.S.
Written by Yafit Josephson & Suzanne Bressler
Directed by Sammie Wayne
New Eyes explores the universal themes of self-esteem, family, identity and cultural differences. Yafit Josephson portrays more than 18 characters from more than 5 different countries as she conveys her riveting and uplifting story, as she sees the world, and it sees her, through New Eyes.
Yafit Josephson (Actress & Co-Writer) was born in Los Angeles and raised in Ramat-Hasharon, Israel, since she was two years old. As a daughter of an Israeli filmmaker who produced two famous comedic Israeli movies, _Charlie Va’hetzi _and Hagiga Ba’Snuker, Yafit was exposed to the entertainment industry at an early age. As a little girl, she recalls watching her father’s movies and imagining herself as an actress. She started practicing by reciting famous lines from both of the movies and promised to herself that she will pursue acting professionally one of these days.
At the age of 18, she began to serve in the Israel Defense Force as part of her mandatory service to her country. After two years of service, Yafit decided to move to Los Angeles in 2003 to study acting and pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an actress. Shortly after, Yafit got accepted to the University of Southern California School of Theatre with a full scholarship and graduated in May of 2008. Throughout her time at USC, she acted in a number of productions, such as The Threepenny Opera, Ash Girl, Our Country’s Good, The Vagina Monologues and Pentecost. Yafit learned about the art of Solo Performance and received her training at USC. She wrote and performed two short solo performance pieces, “The Skies of Tel-Aviv” and “I’ve Gotta Go”, which describe her journey as an Israeli soldier.
Following graduation, Yafit began writing her full-length one-woman show, together with her co-writer Suzanne Bressler, while teaching Hebrew and Judaic Studies through the use of drama, improvisation, movement and games at two Jewish schools. After a year and a half of intense writing, she finally brought New Eyes to life on stage in July 2010.