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.
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.
Monday, March 23 (2:00pm) ~ Fiddler on The Roof in Yiddish’s Stephanie Lynn Mason and Drew Seigla present Love Duets Lunchtime Concert, followed by a Q&A with online audience members.
Tuesday, March 24 (7:00pm) ~ The Sorceress‘ Dylan Seders Hoffman presents Lider un Mayses far Zise Khaloymes ~ Stories and Songs for Sweet Dreams: An Event for the Whole Family”
Wednesday, March 25 (1:00 pm) ~ The Making of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish with Folksbiene Associate Director Motl Didner
Thursday, March 26 (7:00pm) ~ Folksbiene Artistic Director ZalmenMlotek’s Living Room Concert Encore: Special Requests & Yiddish Comedy Treasures
Friday, March 27 (2:00pm) ~ Rabbi Avram Mlotekk presents Spiritual Resistance During the Coronavirus
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene is led by Salmon Mlotek, Artistic Director, and Dominick Balletta, Executive Director.
Upcoming broadcasts from March 30 to April 3 Link Here.
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. 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).
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.
Read more about the current exhibition, Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away, extended through August 30, 2020.