The Sorceress (Di Kishefmakherin)

by Avrom Goldfaden
Directed by Motl Didner
Musical Direction by Zalmen Mlotek
Choreographed by Merete Muenter

In Yiddish with English and Russian subtitles.
Previews: December 1 – 5;
Performances: December 9 – 29, 2019

A fairytale-like story of a pure-hearted young woman who triumphs over her tormentors, a scheming stepmother, and a wicked witch.

This musical by Avram Goldfaden is one of the very earliest works of Yiddish theatre and the first to be produced in America. 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 which NYTF begin in 2017 to restore this classic. 

NYTF’s Global Restoration Initiative 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 presents the work to audiences often for the first time in a half-century or more.

For groups of 10 or more, please contact Itzy Firestone at groupsales@nytf,org or call him at (212) 213-2120 x204 for assistance with sales, pricing, and packages that include kosher meals.