Eleanor Reissa Brings 'Hip Heymish & Hot' to White Plains

International Star and Tony Award Nominee Eleanor Reissa will bring her highly praised Off-Broadway show, Hip, Heymish and Hot! to White Plains Performing Arts Center for two performances on Saturday, November 10 at 8PM and Sunday, November 11 at 2PM.

Eleanor Reissa, a Tony Award-nominated director, playwright, actor, singer and recording artist, accompanied by her acclaimed Broadway/Klezmer band, has created "a personal yet universal journey into this unique and soulful culture. The show seamlessly blends English and Yiddish as she sings passionate folk songs, classics of the Second Avenue Theater, and stirring expressions of love, piousness and protest. 'Heymish' is Yiddish for homey or folksy but Eleanor Reissa, described as the Yiddish Edith Piaf, brings the songs and stories to a new level of understanding and sophistication," state press notes.

A self-described Brooklyn-born "street kid" and the daughter of Holocaust survivors, Reissa's musical heritage includes Broadway classics, rock and roll, classic jazz and songs of the shtetl and the ghetto. Hip, Heymish and Hot! combines all these influences while celebrating the vitality of Yiddish music and humor.

Reissa recently directed Tony Award winners Frances Sternhagen and Richard Easton in J.M. Barries's Echoes of the War at Off-Broadway's Mint Theater.  Her third play Thicker Than Water was recently presented at the Cleveland Playhouse and as part of the Stamford Center for the Arts Fringe Festival.  For five years she was artistic director of the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre, the oldest professional Yiddish Theatre in the world.  As an actor, she received critical acclaim starring in the Off-Broadway revival of Isaac Bashevis Singer's Yentl, and she was Tony Award-nominated in 1991 as Best Director of Those Were the Days, which she also choreographed.

Tickets are $35/$30. White Plains Performing Arts Center is located on the third level of City Center at the corner of Main and Mamaroneck in downtown White Plains, just 30 minutes from midtown Manhattan, and there is plenty of convenient parking. For tickets please call 914-328-1600 or buy them online at www.wppac.com.   

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