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.
Different Translation and The Theater at the 14th Street Y, are pleased to present a workshop production of The Baby Monitor by award-winning husband-and-husband team playwright David Stallings (Associate Artistic Director of Arts and Culture at the 14th Street Y; NY IT Awards for Outstanding Original Full-Length Script for Dark Water) and director Antonio Miniño (Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell; Assistant Director Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train - Signature Theatre). The Baby Monitor will play three weeks from Thursday, November 29th through Sunday, December 16th, 2018 at The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street at 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003). Press are cordially invited Sun, Dec 2nd at 5:00 pm and any subsequent performance.
When Claire’s concerns over the welfare of her two-year-old nephew are dangerously validated, she begins to question the family's principals and ability to parent. A crucial new play exploring same-sex parenting and cis family values in today’s America.
A finalist for the 2014 National New Play Network, The Baby Monitor was developed in Hollywood at The Blank Theatre's Living Room Series; in New York at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity's Playwrights for A Cause, The Duo Multicultural Arts Center's Pride Week Festival, and Original Binding Productions' Naked Theater Festival.
With Leo Goodman (Dystopia), Mel House* (Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell; NY IT Awards Outstanding Actress for In the Bones), Amanda Jones* (Anaïs Nin Goes to Hell; Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh) Héctor Matías (Premios Soberano Outstanding Actor Nominee for Bony y Kin) and David Stallings (Ripcord - Shadowland Theatre). Further casting will be announced at a later date.
Featuring lighting design by Daniel Gallagher, and sound design by Jacob Subotnick. The production stage manager is Rachel Denise April.
The Baby Monitor plays the following regular schedule through Dec 16, 2018:
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 P.M.
Sundays at 5:00 P.M.
Tickets are $25.00 (Students/Seniors: $22.00) and are currently available to purchase by calling 646-395-4310 or by visiting www.differenttranslation.com.Tickets may also be purchased 30 minutes before showtime at the box office.
Neighborhood Rush: $5.00 tickets will be available 15 minutes before showtime at the box office to residents of zip codes 10003 and 10009 with valid local ID (Neighbor Rush tickets are cash-only and subject to availability).
Running Time: 100 Minutes with no intermission.
This show contains partial nudity.
Suitable for ages 16+
The Baby Monitor will perform in repertory with The Rebel Playhouse’s production of The Fantastical Dangerous Journey of Q.
*Actors will appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
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
For media passes and interviews, please contact Press Agents: Antonio Miniño and Katie Rosin 917-562-5670 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kaufman Music Center Presents
IN YOUR FACE – NEW YORK
At Merkin Hall
October 24, December 6, March 13 & May 16 at 7:30 pm
It’s big, it’s loud – it’s everything New York! In Your Face–New York captures the spirit, the energy, the music, noise and creativity of this capital of the world. A smart, fun and funny show (and podcast—www.inyourfaceny.org) for the 21st century urbanite, it’s a raucous, head-on collision between a Marx brothers romp and the New York Review of Books. In Your Face – New York brings together the best of New York’s actors, writers and musicians for supercharged revues featuring live stories, sketches and songs.
The season’s first In Your Face–New York event at Merkin Hall October 24 will feature stories told by New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik and music by the boundary-pushing band BETTY, plus the Tony-nominated Broadway star Melissa Errico, acclaimed playwright Lisa Lewis and an exploration of New Yorkers’ “Post-Traumatic Trump Disorder” with the New York Times bestselling author Dr. Josh Bazell. Sex and the City writers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky will share hilarious advice on raising kids in New York.
The 2018-19 season will also feature the celebrated food writer Ruth Reichl, MSNBC’s Ari Melber; Fiddler on the Roof violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins; Anand Giridharadas, former New York Times columnist and author of Winner Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World; and many more TBA. The 2017-18 season featured Isaac Mizrahi (“I loved being part if this show.”), Mo Rocca (“Where else will you find an accordionist, expert wine spitter and a hedge fund manager sharing the same space?”, Nancy Giles, Roz Chast (“Great performers, great audience!”), Patricia Marx and Judy Kuhn.
Wed, Oct 24, 7:30 pm
Hosted by author and New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik and co-hosted by the boundary-pushing band BETTY. With the Tony-nominated Broadway star Melissa Errico, New York Times bestselling author Dr. Josh Bazell and acclaimed playwright Lisa Lewis, plus sketches by Sex and the City writers Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky.
Thu, Dec 6, 7:30 pm
Hosted by food writer Ruth Reichl and featuring Fiddler on the Roof violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins and Anand Giridharadas, former New York Times columnist and author of Winner Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, plus more TBA.
Wed, Mar 13, 7:30 pm
Hosted by MSNBC’s Ari Melber and featuring a cast TBA.
Thu, May 16, 7:30 pm
Host & guests TBA
at Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
New York, NY 10023
Tickets at 212 501 3330 or http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/in-your-face-new-york-1/
4-event subscription: $80-$112
Single tickets: $25-$35
CONSTELLATIONS, directed by Mark Shanahan. CONSTELLATIONS will play a limited engagement at Whippoorwill Hall Theatre (North Castle Libraray Kent Pl. Armonk, NY). Performances begin Friday, October 19 and continue through Saturday, November 3. Opening Night is Saturday, October 20 (8 p.m.).
Celebrate 20 Years of Hudson Stage Company at their annual gala, Saturday Sept. 8th at a private home in Armonk with host, Tony-nominee TONY YAZBECK (On The Town, Chicago, and Finding Neverland) and Broadway Divas: Emmy-winner and Tony-nominee LIZ CALLAWAY (Miss Saigon, Cats, Baby), Tony-winner DEBBIE GRAVITTE (Jerome Robbins Broadway, Zorba, and They're Playing Our Song), Drama Desk-nominee CAPATHIA JENKINS (Newsies, The Civil War, Caroline, Or Change, Martin Short-Fame Becomes Me, Godspell), four time Tony-nominee and Obie Winner JUDY KUHN (Fun Home, Les Miserables, She Loves Me).
Roland is a beekeeper. Marianne is a quantum physicist. What are their odds of falling in love? With infinite moments that can change the trajectory of a life, it’s anyone’s guess how cosmic collision is possible. Nick Payne’s Olivier and Drama League nominated hit is a charming, devastating and profound exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love. A play that balances on the question of “what if” is, at its core, a poignant picture of “what is".
The production features scenic design by James J. Fenton, costume design by David C. Woolard, and lighting design by Andrew Gmoser. Matt Otto is the sound designer.
CONSTELLATIONS plays the following schedule through Sunday, November 3:
October 19 at 8:00PM
October 20 Opening at 8:00PM
October 21 at 3:00PM
October 26 at 8:00PM
October 27 8:00PM
October 28 at 3:00PM *includes Talkback with cast and HSC
November 2 at 8:00PM
November 3 at 3:00 and 8:00 PM
Tickets are $40; $35 for Students/Seniors and are now available online at Brown Paper Tickets 1-800-838-3006 www.BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theatre a ½ hour prior to performance, including a $10 student rush ticket.
Running Time: 80 Minutes
From comedians Dan Goodman and JoAnna Ross comes Schtick A Pole In It, a night of comedy and pole dancing. Comics and pole dancers alternate the stage to create a unique show that leaves everyone happy. Schtick a Pole In It plays two nights a month at Drom (85 Avenue A, New York, NY), September 21, 22; October 26, 27; November 24; December 21, 22 all shows are at 8:00pm, doors open at 7:30pm. The launch of a multi-city tour begins October 6 in Chicago at Stage 773 (1225 W. Belmont, Chicago IL 60657).
Who doesn’t like to laugh? Who doesn’t like to see dancers do insane things on the pole? If you’ve never seen a pole show this is the one to come to. They’re not strippers, it’s not burlesque, it’s aerial dance with a side of crazy gymnastics and death defying tricks that make your jaw drop. Come see dancers in peak physical condition alternate the stage with comics in peak mental depression.
Every month we have a different musical theme. Think Prince, Gaga, Zeppelin, The Beatles, GNR, ect. If you don't see shows like this why are you even paying the crazy NYC rents?
Schtick a Pole In It plays the following schedule through 2019 with performances on the 4th weekend of the month at 8 p.m. doors open at 7:30 p.m.
*October 6 in Chicago at 9:30pm doors open at 9pm
Tickets are $20-$30 and are now available online at http://www.ticketfly.com/search/?q=schtick or cash at the door.
Chicago tickets are $25-$35 and are now available at: Ticket link: https://www.stage773.com/show/schtickapole
85 Ave A NY, NY 10009
Chicago NEW venue:
1225 W. Belmont, Chicago IL 60657
Running Time: 90 minutes
MEDIA KIT WITH PHOTOS
Your Program Is Your Ticket host Sean Chandler sits down with Barry Levey, writer and performer of HOAXOCAUST!, to chat about this provocative solo-show returning to the New York Stage. Take a listen to the podcast, and don't forget to join us at The Theater at the 14th Street Y beginning September 5th, 2018.
To learn more about Hoaxocaust! visit hoaxocaust.com
“Wild, ironic and robust!” - WSJ
“Go see it – you’ll be glad you did!” - TV and City
“New Yorkers who wish to learn more about Sholem Aleichem can now gain a better appreciation for the great Yiddish writer.” - Forward
“Hilarious and incredibly moving! Devastating in its emotional power!" - Tablet
"The honest version of Fiddler on the Roof!” - Metro
"A treat...Poignant and powerful!” - Times Square Chronicle
“The whole show is delightful.” - TheaterScene.com
“Tevye Served Raw makes a tasty dish.” - Jewish Standard
“Wonderful! It’ll bring you a great deal of pleasure.” - Peter Filichia, Broadway Radio
"Superb...A great deal of fun.” - This Week in NY
“The three actors are brilliant!” - Theaterscene.net
“Tevye Served Raw brings us back to the real Tevye.” - Curtain Up
“An exquisite blend of Jewish wit, wisdom and woe.” - Theatre Pizzazz
“The sharp dialogue, smooth pacing, and grippingly funny and sad performances glow with authenticity...Hilarious!” - Blogcritics
“Tears flow between belly laughs in this faithful homage to the greatest of Yiddish writers.” - Chelsea Now
“If this show’s high-energy comedy segments make the audience laugh out loud, a particular moment of pathos– expertly and sensitively performed by Rickman– will likely bring the audience to tears.” - Lavender After Dark
BACK BY CRITICAL AND POPULAR DEMAND TEVYE SERVED RAW
“The Little Tevye That Could” to extend its run
New York, August 14, 2018: Sholem Aleichem’s TEVYE SERVED RAW, directed by Allen Lewis Rickman, will extend its run at The Playroom Theater in the Heart of the Theatre District, 151 West 46 Street (just east of Seventh Ave.) into early October, following a brief hiatus after its originally-scheduled closing on 8/14.
TEVYE SERVED RAW (subtitled “Garnished With Jews”) is an evening of stories by Sholem Aleichem, widely considered the greatest Jewish writer. It balances more serious material (the ‘Tevye’ scenes) with some of his best comic stories (“Strange Jews On A Train”, “The Yiddish Sisyphus”, and “A Stepmother’s Trash-Talk”), and is performed in Yiddish with simultaneous translation: via supertitles in the dramatic scenes, and rapid-fire interpolated English dialogue in the comedic ones.
The success of the show, which has played to rapturous critical response and sold-out houses, has surprised even its producer, Ben Feldman. “It’s incredible, really -- it’s a tiny little show, but people are just knocked over by it. Every single review -- really, every one -- has been a ‘rave’, and audiences are really moved by the dramatic scenes. And the comedy stuff is spectacular. The Forward just wrote that we’re one of the hottest tickets in town. Who knew?”
The cast is comprised of the husband-and-wife team of Yelena Shmulenson and Allen Lewis Rickman (TV and stage veterans perhaps best known for their work in the Coen brothers’ Oscar-nominated A Serious Man), and Shane Baker (translator of Waiting for Godot into Yiddish, and “the best-loved Episcopalian on the Yiddish stage today”). Unusual for recent Yiddish productions, the entire cast of TEVYE SERVED RAW are fluent in the language.
“We have tremendous fun doing the comic stuff, but the ‘Tevye’ material is something else entirely,” said Rickman, who is also the show’s director. “It’s a revelation to people who only know Fiddler on the Roof. Fiddler is a superb musical -- one of the best ever -- but they had to dilute the material to make it acceptable to a mainstream audience in 1964. And, look, Bock and Harnick and Stein are brilliant musical theater guys, but they grew up in America, which is a very different place from Tsarist Russia.
What we did is go back to the source: what’s in our show is what Sholem Aleichem, who was there in the shtetl and saw it all himself, actually wrote. It’s his words, his observations, unfiltered, ‘raw’. We’re doing adaptations of his original stories plus scenes from his own stage version of ‘Tevye’. A few of the plot points are also in Fiddler, but we do them as Sholem Aleichem wrote them, without the compromises they had to make for Broadway.
It’s a question of authenticity. If people want to get a sense of where most American Jews actually came from, this is the real deal. The characters in our show are the people that were there, not exaggerations from musical comedy.”
TEVYE SERVED RAW, which features an original score by Alex Ryaboy, will play until early October (“we’re tiptoeing between the Jewish holidays,” said Feldman). The show is then being brought to Romania, where it will be presented with Romanian supertitles in the State Jewish Theater in Bucharest.
“This whole New York thing is really just our out-of-town tryout,” said Baker. “The real action is in Romania.”
TEVYE SERVED RAW will be performed on the following schedule:
Weds, Sept 5th, 3:00 pm
Weds, Sept 5th, 7:00 pm
Weds, Sept 12th 3:00 pm
Weds Sept 12th, 7:00 pm
Weds, Sept 26th, 3:00 pm
Weds, Oct 3rd, 3:00 pm
Weds, Oct 3rd, 7:00 pm
Tickets are $38 and are now available online at BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 1.800.838.3006. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater’s box office ½ hour prior to performance.
Running Time: 90 minutes
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