National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Hosts a Holiday Tradition
** Jews Enjoying Chinese Food **
on December 25th at Performances of
The Sorceress – A Yiddish Musical Fantasy
Performed in Yiddish with English and Russian supertitles.
by Avrom Goldfaden
Directed by Motl Didner
Musical Direction by Zalmen Mlotek
Choreographed by Merete Muenter
Enjoy an elaborate Chinese food all-you-can-eat buffet in between performances of The Sorceress (Di Kishefmakherin),
Performances will take place on December 25 at 2 PM and 6 PM. The All-You-Can-Eat Buffet will be served between 4 PM and 5:30 PM—catered by Madison and Park Hospitality and Catering which operates the acclaimed LOX Café at the Museum of Jewish Heritage— and features Pastrami Egg Rolls, General Tso’s Chicken (gluten-free), Vegetable Fried Rice (gluten-free), and Vegetable Noodles. Guests can enjoy a special mazl kikhl (fortune cookie) at the end of the meal, each with a Jewish adage.
Candle Lighting Ceremony
About The Sorceress
“Delightful, charming and historic”
–The New York Jewish Week
A magical, musical fantasy starring an innocent young heroine and her dashing fiancè, a devious stepmother, and a scheming wicked witch. “The Sorceress” takes its audience into a world of illusion, intrigue and, suspense.
This musical, written in 1878, is one of the earliest works of Yiddish theater and the first formal Yiddish theatrical production introduced in America by the celebrated Thomashefsky family. The fully restored orchestrations are based, in part, on pre-Holocaust musical arrangements which were saved from destruction at the hands of the Nazis by the famed “Paper Brigade” of the YIVO in Vilna, who risked their lives to save thousands of unique documents and manuscripts. This fully-staged work is the culmination of a project in which NYTF began in 2017 to restore this classic.
The Sorceress was one of the earliest Yiddish operettas to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and the first piece brought to life under our Global Restoration Initiative staged in workshop form. “The response was truly phenomenal, inspiring us to present this cultural gemstone on a grander scale this season, with exquisite orchestrations and magnificent performances,” said NYTF Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek. Added Associate Artistic Director Motl Didner, “The Sorceress opened the door to Yiddish Theater in America, where it has thrived for more than 150 years. It is a uniquely Jewish fairy tale that is delightful, charming and historic, and with a timely message.”
The Sorceress stars Rachel Botchan*, Jonathan Brody*, Jazmin Gorsline*, Josh Kohane*, Bruce Rebold*, Steve Sterner*, and Mikhl Yashinsky*. And rounding out the cast are Mark Alpert, Dani Apple, Rebecca Brudner*, Samuel Druhora*, Peter Gosik*, Dylan Seders Hoffman, Sam Kronenfeld, Riley McFarland*, Lexi Rabadi *, Hannah D. Scott*, Doug Shapiro*, and Lorin Zackular*.
(* denotes members of Actors’ Equity Association)
The Sorceress – presented with the support of Howard Gilman Foundation and David Berg Foundation – is the first complete work following the efforts of NYTF’s Global Restoration Initiative, which identifies the best examples of Yiddish operettas, musicals, and plays, reassembles librettos and scores in a digital format (rendering them useable to artists and scholars), and displays the works to audiences , often for the first time in a half-century or more.