Target Margin Theatre Launches BEYOND THE PALE Season in November
Target Margin Theater (David Herskovits, Artistic Director; John Del Gaudio, Artistic Producer) culminates their journey into the exploration of Yiddish theater with an upcoming season of extraordinary literature from the West's great unknown culture. The themed two-year series, Beyond the Pale, includes staged productions, one-time events, concerts, installations, panel discussions, and a reading series of new translations.
The ongoing series Beyond the Pale will offer an array of Yiddish plays and adaptations of the work of giants: I. L. Peretz, Mendele Mocher Sforim, Sholem Asch, I.J. Singer, Dovid Pinski, Sholem Aleichem, Celia Dropkin, Anna Margolin, Morris Rosenfeld, Moyshe-Leyb Halpern and more.
Collaborating artists include actors, designers, directors, playwrights, toy theater makers and more. The Beyond the Pale roster includes Mallery Avidon, Shane Baker, Raymond Blankenhorn, WilLiam Burke, Debra Caplan, Don Castro, Lenore Doxsee, James Tigger! Ferguson, Sanaz Ghajarrahimi, Rebecca Hart, Susan Hyon, Michael Leibenluft, Mary Neufeld, Alex Randrup, Emily Rea, Allen Lewis Rickman, Andrew Simon, Yuri Skujins, James Smith III, Gil Sperling, Kathleen Kennedy Tobin, Nick Trotta, Kaye Voyce, Moe Yousuf.
"I dove into our work in 2012 excited to learn more about Yiddish literature," said TMT Artistic Director David Herskovits, "but I never dreamed what a cornucopia I would discover." He went on to add, "Our productions last season have only awakened us all to the powerful work we want to share with the world. People need to know these authors, their stories, poetry and plays!"
Target Margin Theater, entering its 23rd season, kicks off the 2013-2014 schedule with two key collaborations: a special one-night only event, The Yiddish Heart, an exuberant evening of Yiddish music and drama, generously sponsored by the Dorot Foundation, Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at The New York Public Library Dorot Jewish Division (Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, Manhattan) and a Weekend of Yiddish Programming, December 13-15, 2013 at The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan (333 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY).
The ever popular TMT Lab series of productions are planned at various locations throughout the boroughs in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens: December 10-21, 2013 at JACK (505 1/2 Waverly, Brooklyn), February, 12-22, 2014 at The Abrons Arts Center (466 Grand Street, Manhattan) and June 4-14, 2014 at The Secret Theatre (4402 23rd Street, Queens).
The centerpiece of the 2013-2014 season will be a new work adapted from a central play of Yiddish history: Uriel Acosta: Doubt is the Food of Faith, created and directed by TMT Artistic Director, David Herskovits. Apostate, believer, lover, teacher-Uriel Acosta is all of them. And he is too much for the Jews of Amsterdam in the 17th century. When they excommunicate him a struggle ensues in the soul of every thinking, feeling being. Uriel challenges us all. Performances are set to begin March 14, 2014 for a limited engagement through April 5, 2014 at The Chocolate Factory (5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens).
Target Margin Theater for twenty-three years has been at the forefront of New York's alternative theater scene and has been praised for its bold and sometimes wild interpretations of classic dramas and lesser-known works. TMT has presented ambitious re-thinkings of plays by Shakespeare, Chekov, Brecht, Gertrude Stein, and Beaumarchais, among others. TMT has also created original works and new music/opera over the years and has served nearly 1,000 artists (mostly emerging) through its annual Lab. The company's production of Mamba's Daughters received the Obie Award and was a sensation of the 1999 Spoleto Festival, and its recent epic production of Goethe's Faust received critical acclaim. Recent productions include The (*) Inn at Abrons Arts Center and Uncle Vanya and The Tempest at HERE.