YIDDISH THEATRE RESTORATION PROJECT

In 2015, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene broke new ground with a fully restored production of Joseph Rumshinsky’s 1923 operetta The Golden Bride. NYTF’s deep investment of time and resources paid off with a production that was nominated for multiple awards, including two Drama Desk Awards, and reached over 24,000 audience members.

This success revealed that there is high demand for early works of the Yiddish theatre with contemporary audiences—and it left us with a blueprint for the process of bringing these long-neglected treasures to life. Therefore, NYTF has launched a global restoration project to identify the most irreplaceable operettas, musicals and plays that once played in Yiddish theatres in America and Europe.

The Yiddish Theatre Restoration Project will not only provide NYTF with first-class productions for our audiences, but will also preserve an entire Yiddish theatre repertoire for public performances around the world.

Here is a quick look at the restoration process

RESEARCH existing material in archives and libraries
ASSESS the historic and artistic value of the works
ASSEMBLE orchestrations and librettos, often housed at different institutions
RESTORE material note by note and word by word
DEVELOP the work through concerts and workshops
PRODUCE a fully developed stage production

Witness the restoration project in action with an enhanced staged reading of

THE SORCERESS (DI KISHEFMAKHERIN)
DECEMBER 25—JANUARY 1
at Museum of Jewish Heritage

By Avrom Goldfaden
Directed by Motl Didner
Music Direction by Zalmen Mlotek

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This 1879 operetta was the first Yiddish theater piece produced in America by Boris Thomashevsky, at the age of 14. A fairytale- like story of an innocent young heroine, her wicked stepmother, dashing fiancé, an itinerant peddler, and a conniving witch is set to a delightful musical score full of memorable tunes. In Yiddish with English and Russian translation supertitles. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

 



 

 

 

 

 

A TASTE OF YIDDISH
THURSDAYS, OCTOBER 26—DECEMBER 14
at Museum of Jewish Heritage

Enjoya gourmet lunch from LOX at Café Bergson, the Museum’s restaurant, while learning Mamaloshn in two different course offerings with unique insight from NYTF’s artistic staff.

SCHMOOZE IN YIDDISH – A beginner-level course on the art of Yiddish conversation. In addition to Yiddish language, this course offers an introduction to the contemporary Yiddish cultural scene. Prior knowledge of Yiddish not required; all material in both transliteration and Yiddish alphabet.

EXPLORE YIDDISH SONGS – Learn popular Yiddish songs and hidden gems with one of the world’s foremost experts on Yiddish theater and folk songs. Zalmen continues the life work of his parents Chana and Yosl Mlotek who collected Yiddish poetry and songs for over 40 years in their weekly column for the FORVERTS and published as a series of seminal songbooks. Prior knowledge of Yiddish and the ability to read music not required. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

 

MORIAH COLLEGE ORCHESTRA
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 at 6 PM
at Museum of Jewish Heritage

Experience the bright, energetic sounds of young Jewish Australia with the musicians of Sydney’s premier Jewish day school on tour in the U.S.

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NYTF’S 2017 WINTER GALA
BROADWAY: A JEWISH AMERICAN LEGACY
HONORING JERRY ZAKS
MONDAY DECEMBER 18, 2017 AT 7 PM

Join us this Chanukah in honoring the career of legendary 4-time Tony Award winning director Jerry Zaks. Stars from Broadway and the Yiddish stage unite in song and celebration of the Jewish contributions made to American musical theatre. Featuring performances by David Hyde Pierce and Gavin Creel. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

 
 

 

YEMEN BLUES
January 9, 13, 16, 17
at Joe’s Pub
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After touring the world with over of 300 live shows in the last 4 years Yemen Blues presents their new show “INSANIYA” (Humanity) based on legendary producer, Bill Laswell’s sound from their latest album.  The full live show includes a collaboration with the talented Ori Ben-Shabat from the group of artists “Maria Kong” who created an original video art on 5 screens for each of the songs. The artist uses video footage including live dance infused by original images inspired by the new sound of Yemen Blues. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

 

 

 

SOUL TO SOUL
MONDAY, JANUARY 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) at 2 PM
at Museum of Jewish Heritage
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A joyful and moving concert exploring the parallel experience of two minority peoples path to find America’s promise of freedom, overcoming segregation, prejudice and economic hardship. This concert features stirring songs in Yiddish and in English, culminating in a high-energy collection of enthralling songs from the Civil Rights era. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

 

 
 

EARLY YIDDISH THEATRE & VAUDEVILLE CONCERT
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 AT 2 PM
at Museum of Jewish Heritage
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Join NYTF for an exclusive concert of rediscovered and revitalized work from Vaudeville and the early years of Yiddish theatre. Witness the newly restored works of Avrom Goldfaden, Joseph Rumshinsky, Sam Lowenwirth and other leading composers of the era performed by top New York vocalists and a full orchestra. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

LATKEPALOOZA
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10 AT 10 AM
at Museum of Jewish Heritage
TICKETS SOLD AT THE DOOR

Make your Festival of Lights shine even brighter at Latkepalooza, a family-oriented interactive event featuring food, music, and hands-on activities for families. Presented by The Museum of Jewish Heritage, The Workmen’s Circle and National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

 

 

 

 

TEEN DRAMA LAB
SUNDAYS 4-6 PM STARTING OCTOBER 15
Marks JCH Bensonhurst
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Teen Drama LAB is an interactive weekly program for Russian Jewish teenagers ages 11-16. The teen lab includes etudes, improv, theater games, voice and movement exercises through which the students explore their identity, family history and personal stories. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

 

 
 

 
 

RU TOTS
FRIDAYS AT 10:30AM STARTING OCTOBER 20
at Museum of Jewish Heritage
Email rkarpovsky@nytf.org to reserve a spot

RU Tots is a weekly immersion program for Russian Jewish toddlers taking place each Friday, featuring visual arts, storytelling, dramatic play and concludes with a celebration of Shabbat. For toddlers ages 18-36 months.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE

 

 
 

 

 

KOMPOT
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 AT 11 AM
at Museum of Jewish Heritage
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We invite you to join the first KOMPOT to celebrate the birthday of the world! Maria Budnitsky, an educator and expert in early childhood development will lead families through an imaginative adventure with accompaniment of the Sunny Social Club musical group and brunch. These few hours together will be a theatrical event where performers engage adults and kids to be part of an exciting creative atmosphere, building your own authentic WORLDS with uncommon recycled materials, imagination, and dancing to the live upbeat music.

Each KOMPOT is a unique and delicious experience for Russian Jewish families with children ages 2-8. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE