The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Brings the Stage to You ~ Online




From past performances, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, image courtesy NYTF on Facebook

In a time of great anxiety, several of our museums, galleries and educational institutions are stepping up with free online programming. The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, who brought us ‘Fiddler on the Roof‘ in Yiddish, has stepped up with ‘Folksbiene LIVE!’, a social media performance series. Can’t get to Broadway? Check out the online stage at Folksbiene! Live.

Past performance image courtesy NYTF on Facebook

The National Yiddish Theatre, headquartered at Museum of Jewish Heritage (A Living Memorial to the Holocaust) in Battery City, is the longest consecutively producing theatre in the United States, and the world’s oldest continuously operating Yiddish theatre company. The series will include five days of streaming presentations.

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene past performance. Image courtesy NYTF on Facebook

Later this spring, NYTIF will present The Tenth Man, the Tony-nominated play by Paddy Chayefsky (the three-time Academy Award-winning author of Network, Marty, and The Hospital) in a newly commissioned Yiddish translation, directed by Tony Award-nominated director Eleanor Reissa.

NYTF past presentation with Matt Temkin, Cooper Grodin, Andrew Keltz, Sandy Rosenberg, Bob Ader and Stacey Harris via Facebook

The play is part of NYTIF’s season of Spiritual Resistance, which features artistic and theatrical works that explore themes of struggle against oppression. NYTIF will continue to monitor the virus’ impact on New York. However, at this time, The Tenth Man is set to be performed in previews from May 17 to 21 (matinee) and from May 21 to June 11 (evening), Off Broadway, at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (tickets now available online).

NYTF past performance with Jordan Becke Brown, Jillian Gottlieb, Zachary Spiegel, Amy Laviolette, Adam Kaster, Cameron Johnson, Lisa Fishman, Bruce Rebold, Joseph Mace, Tatiana Wechsler, Jessica Kennedy and Alexis Semevolos. Image via NYTF on Facebook.

Looking for more? Check out Folksbiene on Youtube for previous presentations, and sign up for Folksbiene LIVE! e-news alert for upcoming presentations.

Now in its 105th season, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTIF) is located at the Museum of Jewish Heritage ~ A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, located at Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, NYC. NYTF presents plays, musicals, concerts, lectures, interactive educational workshops and community-building activities in English and Yiddish, with English and Russian super titles accompanying performances.

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The Museum of Jewish Heritage is currently closed pending the latest developments with the coronavirus. However, you can follow the Museum on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Museum blog.

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