THE BIG BUPKIS! Coming to White Theatre, 3/8-9
So, what makes a non-Jewish, Kansas City native leave his home town to go to New York and immerse himself in Yiddish theater? You can get the answer directly from Shane Bertram Baker, who will bring his one-man show "The Big Bupkis! A Complete Gentile's Guide to Yiddish Vaudeville" to the White Theatre March 8 and 9.
The Big Bupkis is an irreverent and loving review of Yiddish Vaudeville. Bertram's show includes cheap jokes, magic tricks, ukulele music, hypnotism, a Yiddish bullfight poem and live, onstage beheading! All of this from a guy who grew up in Kansas City and as an altar boy at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.
Bertram has become one of the most prominent proponents of Yiddish theater, language and culture in New York. Bertram, in a December 12, 2012 interview in the New York Times said he's always asked why he's so involved in Yiddish theater. In that interview, Bertram said, "It's funny - it's always Jews who ask me this, but anyone who knows anything about Yiddish theater knows that I'm onto something great."
For ticket information for The Big Bupkis, call 913-327-8054 or visit www.jcckc.org/bigbupkis. The White Theatre, one Kansas City's most prominent community theaters, is located within the Jewish Community Center campus in Overland Park, KS.
In 2014, the JCC is celebrating it's 100th anniversary with special events throughout the year. For more information, check out the website at www.jcc100more.org.