New Yiddish Rep, in association with The Theater at the 14th Street Y, is pleased to present a fresh new production of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Waiting for Godot (Vartn Af Godot), translated by Shane Baker, and directed by The 14th Street Y’s artistic director of Arts & Culture, Ronit Muszkatblit. Waiting for Godot will perform in Yiddish with English super-titles for a five-week limited engagement from Sunday, December 24st, 2018 through Sunday, January 27th, 2019 at The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street at 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003). Official opening is Sunday, January 6th at 2:00 P.M..
"Beckett's play (which was originally produced in French) may finally have found its mother tongue." -The New Yorker
“We’ve tried to fashion a season that gives us and our audiences a way to resist the resurgence of the ‘big lie’ through the voices of playwrights like Beckett,” states Artistic Director David Mandelbaum. “For us this is a season of protest and resistance. It’s no longer just about Yiddish or Jewish. It’s about not standing by and mutely watching the transformation of our society into a replica of the tragic past.”
“Was I sleeping while the others suffered?” Waiting for Godot depicts the other, the refugee, the stranger looking for a safe haven. Estragon and Vladimir aren’t waiting for god, they’re waiting for humanity to evolve, to break down the walls that separate us and embrace them. In order to endure the absurdity and confusion they must occasionally laugh in the darkness and embrace each other. At its core, Yiddish, the language of tears and laughter, is particularly suited to this tragi-comedy. It informs and illuminates Beckett’s seminal post-modern masterpiece.
Performed in Yiddish with English super-titles.
With David Mandelbaum as Estragon, Rafael Goldwaser as Vladimir, Gera Sandler as Pozzo, Richard Saudek as Lucky. Noam Sandler and Myron Tregubov alternate as the boy.
Featuring scenic design by George Xenos, lighting design by Reza Behjat, and supertitles by Eli Rosen.
Waiting for Godot plays the following schedule through Jan 27, 2019*:
Mondays at 7:30 PM
Tuesdays at 7:30 PM
Wednesdays at 7:30 PM
Thursdays at 7:30 PM
Fridays at 7:30 PM
Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sundays at 2:00 P.M. and 7:30 PM
*Schedule Exceptions: There will be NO performances Wed Dec 26; Sun Dec 30 at 2pm; Sun Jan 6 at 7:30 pm; Mon, Jan 7 thru Fri, Jan 11; Wed, Jan 16 thru Fri, Jan 18; Wed, Jan 23 thru Fri, Jan 25.
Tickets are $35.00 and are currently available to purchase by calling 646-395-4310 or by visiting www.newyiddishrep.org. Tickets may also be purchased 30 minutes before showtime.
Running Time: 2 hours with one 10 minute intermission.
New Yiddish Rep (NYR) is pleased to announce an exhilirating line-up for the 2018-2019 season: “A Season of Resistance”. The excitement begins in the Garment District at NYR’s new Kamer Theater with The Whore From Ohio (Di Zoyne Fun Ohayo) (Oct 6, 2018) and makes its way to the East Village at The Theater at the 14th Street Y with the much anticipated return of Waiting for Godot in Yiddish (Dec 21, 2018 - Jan 27, 2019) as part of The 14th Street Y’s Season of “War and Peace”.
“We’ve tried to fashion a season that gives us and our audiences a way to resist the resurgence of the “big lie” through the voices of playwrights like Ionesco, Odets, Levin and, of course, Beckett,” states Artistic Director David Mandelbaum. “We’ve already seen rhinoceroses rampaging in Charlottesville. We’ve seen the rich get richer through the fiction that tax cuts benefitting the wealthy would somehow help the impoverished. We’ve seen the heart breaking plight of refugees being treated like criminals, children wrested from the arms of their parents, For us this is a season of protest and resistance. Its no longer just about Yiddish or Jewish. Its about not standing by and mutely watching the transformation of our society into a replica of the tragic past.”
AT THE KAMER THEATER
(315 W. 39th St, Studio 902, New York, NY 10018)
(344 E 14th St at 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003)
New Yiddish Rep is a theater laboratory on the front line of resistance against the extinction of Eastern European Yiddish theater. New Yiddish Rep speaks to a 21st century audience: modern treatments of the Yiddish classics and Yiddish interpretations of modern and postmodern masterpieces, in an intimate venue, at affordable prices, with easily readable supertitles. Our strategic vision is a Yiddish repertory theater with a 99 seat home of its own, and a long and diverse season that can both delight the public and serve as a training ground for young Yiddish-speaking actors. www.newyiddishrep.org
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