National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Presents SOUL TO SOUL For Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Soul to Soul, the electrifying and emotionally-captivating theatrical concert that explores the parallels of African American and Jewish history takes the stage this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Presented by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF), this annual concert will play on Monday, January 15, 2pm, Off Broadway at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, NYC.
Soul to Soul follows the experiences of two minority peoples and their paths to America's promise of freedom-overcoming segregation, prejudice, and economic hardship. The concert portrays stirring songs in Yiddish and in English, culminating in a high-energy collection of enthralling music, celebrating the historic partnership between the African American and Jewish people during the Civil Rights Era.
You can learn more about Soul to Soul in this video:
This audience favorite, that has toured nationally and internationally, from Los Angeles to Denver to Houston to Miami to Toronto to Bucharest and to be seen on Sunday, January 14th in Baltimore, celebrates diversity and strength in unity, features the talents of Lisa Fishman (The Golden Bride), renowned Cantor Magda Fishman (Temple Beth El of Stamford, Connecticut), Elmore James (Broadway's Beauty and the Beast) and Tony Perry (Five Guys Named Moe). Conceived in 2010 by NYTF Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek, Soul to Soul was first designed as a song-cycle, and has evolved since then to include an interwoven narrative accompanied by multimedia imagery and video, updated on an annual basis in response to the ongoing need for unity and healing in today's socio-economic climate.
"Soul to soul brought me back to the roots of my Romanian Holocaust Survivor grandparents and to the values I grew up with: unity, song, and equal rights to all human beings," says Soul to Soul performer Cantor Magda Fishman. "Yiddish and Gospel comes from the heart and enters your soul as a performer and a listener alike. It's deep and moving; inspiring and uplifting. The narrative of the African Americans and Jews finds harmonious counterpart in many ways that are certainly felt in our souls. It's a privilege to work with NYTF in being part of this program, its unique cast and musicians. It's a show that speaks to everyone."
Immediately following the concert will be a talkback with the cast and creative team on the current state of diversity and social justice as related to the show. Participants will be able to engage, interact, and connect with each other to learn about and discuss the through lines of this cross-cultural program.
Soul to Soul will be presented on Monday, January 15 at 2pm, by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, NYC. Tickets start at $25. For tickets call Ovationtix at 866-811-4111 or visit www.NYTF.org.
Now celebrating its 103rd season, Tony Award-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winning National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) is the longest consecutively producing theatre in the US and the world's oldest continuously operating Yiddish theatre company. Led by CEO Christopher Massimine and Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek, NYTF is dedicated to creating a living legacy through the arts, connecting generations and bridging communities. NYTF aims to brings history to life by reviving the lost and forgotten gems of the Yiddish stage through its global restoration project, commissioning new work, and adapting pre-existing work for the 21st Century. Serving a versatile audience comprised of performing arts patrons, cultural enthusiasts, Yiddish-language aficionados and the general public, the company presents plays, musicals, concerts, lectures, interactive educational workshops and community-building activities in English and Yiddish, with English and Russian supertitles accompanying performances. NYTF provides access to the hundreds of years of cultural expression, aiming to inspire the imaginations of the next generation to contribute their own stories to this valuable work. More information can be found at www.NYTF.org.
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