Untitled Theater Co #61's Fest Of Jewish Theater & Ideas Runs 5/20-6/14 In NYC
Untitled Theater Co. #61 will present a Festival of Jewish Theater & Ideas May 20th through June 14th. The Festival, which will include production by theater companies from around the US & Canada, will frame the Association for Jewish Theatre - International Conference (June 6-10), which will be hosted by Untitled Theater Co. #61, Artistic Director Edward Einhorn. This international conference of Jewish theater professionals is held annually in a different city.
Untitled Theater Company #61 explores the connection between our "Theater of Ideas" & Jewish theater. The festival spans a wide variety of genres & styles, including documentary theatre, puppet theatre, adaptations, commedia del'arte, Yiddish theatre, Israeli theatre, midrash, cabaret & burlesque. Subjects include Emma Goldman, Einstein, Freud, hematology, biblical characters, Tel Aviv, atheism, orthodoxy, belief, Jewish legends, Israeli war, politics & the portrayal of Jews on the 19th Century stage. It includes nine World Premieres, an English-Language Premiere of a Sholem Aleichem play for Aleichem's 150th birthday & the New York Premiere of noted Israeli playwright Motti Lerner. Represented are theatre companies from Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Conover, Wisconsin, Kalamazoo, New York City & Toronto, Canada.
The Burning Bush, by Tracey Erin Smith & directed by Anita La Selva, comes from Burning Bush Productions, in Toronto, Canada. Yentl meets Showgirls in this award winning one-woman traveling spiritual road show, in which a rabbinical student teams up with exotic dancers to spread religion in this new version of an old-time revival. The piece was the Critics Pick in Back Stage, Audience Choice Award in Frigid NYC & Best of the Toronto Fringe Festival. Burning Bush Productions has produced award-winning theatre in New York City & across Canada.
Cities of Light, created by Rebecca Joy Fletcher & directed by John Richard Thompson, is presented by Open Hart Productions & is a World Premiere. Light & dark in 1930's Berlin, Yiddish Warsaw, Paris & Tel Aviv, with blinding lights, brazen comedy, cabarets of yearning & bite. An astounding era; a time of Jewish artists on the move. No need to brush up on your languages; these songs are mostly in English.
The Dig: Death, Genesis & the Double Helix by Stacie Chaiken & produced by What's the Story? comes from Los Angeles & is also a World Premiere. An American archaeologist is summoned to a dig in the ancient Arab-Hebrew town of Jaffa. They've found something big; something that could change everything & she's the only one who can tell them what it is. And her mother just died. And there's a lizard in her bathtub. The Middle East. Matriarchs. Cruelty. It's a comedy. What's the Story? is in residence at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles.
Doctors Jane & Alexander written & directed by Edward Einhorn with Music by Alexander S. Wiener & Henry Akona, is produced by Untitled Theater Co. #61, from New York City & is a World Premiere. Using found, fabricated, and occasionally finagled text, the playwright explores the life of his grandfather Alexander S. Wiener, the co-discoverer of the Rh factor in blood, through interviews with his mother, a psychologist who recently retired due to a debilitating stroke. An examination of art, science, ambition & achievement, told with humor & song.
Emma, by Howard Zinn, is directed by Martina Plag & is from stadium-praxis in Philadelphia. This New York Premiere, toy-theatre adaptation uses wit & humor to illuminate history from below. Through innovative storytelling & theatrical devices everyday objects transform to reveal & celebrate the life of the remarkable "Emma" Goldman; the anarchist, feminist & free-spirited thinker who was exiled from the United States because of her outspoken views. staium-praxis creates puppet artistry for adult audiences, to address contemporary issues & advocate social change & awareness. We approach the puppet as metaphor.
Hard Love is by Motti Lerner & directed by Susan Reid & is presented by Genesis Stage in Atlanta. In this New York Premiere, a fiercely romantic drama, Hannah & Zvi are reunited after divorcing twenty years earlier. Raised in Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim, the couple ended their marriage when Zvi turned his back on Judaism & Hannah did not. Now the teenage children from their second marriages have become romantically involved, forcing Hannah & Zvi back into each others' lives. This is the first-ever full staging in New York of the work of noted Israeli playwright Motti Lerner.