This week on Unorthodox, we talk to Zachary Noah Piser, the new star of Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen. (He’ll be the final actor to play the role of Evan Hansen on Broadway, since the show is ending its run this fall.)
Piser is Jewish and Asian—or, as he puts it, “Jasian.” He describes growing up in “a very intersectional, multicultural household” in the San Francisco Bay Area, going to Hebrew school during the week and Chinese school on weekends.
Rabbi Mark Bloom of Temple Beth Abraham in Oakland, California, who performed Piser’s bar mitzvah, traveled to New York for his 2016 Broadway debut in Wicked—and will be in New York again soon to see Dear Evan Hansen.
Listen to the interview with Zachary Noah Piser:
Listen to the full episode:
Get more Unorthodox here.
Tablet Studios is the premier destination for smart and entertaining Jewish audio content. Our podcasts include Unorthodox, Take One, Hebrew School, and the limited-run series Gatecrashers, Adventures with Dead Jews, Radioactive: The Father Coughlin Story, The Franchise, and 49 Days to Stretch My Soul.