Only Two Weeks Left To See National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's HANNAH SENESH
Only two weeks remain to see the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF)'s presentation of Hannah Senesh, an award-winning play based on the diaries and poems of a heroic young woman who risked her life to save European Jews from the Holocaust, and who paid the ultimate price.
Broadway World says, "Hannah Senesh celebrates the incredible heroism of a young woman driven to face fascist oppression head on. The story is inspirational, remarkable and heartbreaking." Award-winning author Meish Goldish writes, "The show's star, Lexi Rabadi, illuminates Hannah's light with a stellar light of her own. This gifted actress, with boundless talent and energy, is destined to become a star in her own right." The Times of Israel says Lexi Rabadi "commands the stage." And, WBAI's David Rothenberg says, "Hannah Senesh is a story to be told and retold as political tides shift and there is an insistence that there be beacons of light to serve as guidelines for decency, honor and a struggle for survival."
"Hannah Senesh is an incredibly moving tribute to the human spirit during the worst of times," said NYTF Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek. "Every performance during previews received a standing ovation, not only fueled by Lexi Rabadi's inspiring performance but a testament to Hannah's legacy of courage and hope."
Fresh from the stellar success of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, Hannah Senesh is part of NYTF's season of "Spiritual Resistance," which features artistic and theatrical works that explore themes of struggle against oppression. The programming provides artistic expression concurrent with the exhibition Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away. being presented at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, NYC. Hannah Senesh is being performed (in English) through August 18.
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Presented with music and song, this one-woman show tells the true story of Hannah Senesh, one of many Jews who escaped from Axis-allied Hungary in 1939 to the safety of British Mandate Palestine. There she joined Haganah and then bravely volunteered for a daring Special Operations mission to parachute back into Europe to save Jews from Nazi hands. She was ultimately caught by Nazi forces, tortured, and executed at the age of 22. Despite these circumstances, she refused to betray her companions.
Hannah's story and indomitable spirit, along with the moving diary and poetry that she left behind, serve as an enduring inspiration to people everywhere standing up to the powers of hatred and oppression. The play, written and directed by David Schechter, was originally developed in collaboration with Lori Wilner, the actress who first played Hannah onstage in 1984. The script was adapted from Hannah Senesh's diaries which were translated from the Hungarian by Marta Cohn and Peter Hay. Music for Hannah Senesh was composed and arranged by Steven Lutvak.
Hannah Senesh features Lexi Rabadi as Hannah Senesh/Catherine Senesh, with Michael Bobenhausen as the Young Man. Rebecca Brudner is the understudy for Hannah Senesh/Catherine Senesh. Lexi Rabadi is a graduate of Pace University, with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Arts & Entertainment Management. Her credits include roles as: Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast (Fulton Theatre), Chava in Fiddler on the Roof (Maine State Music Theatre), Belle/Mrs. Fred in A Christmas Carol (Actor's Theatre of Louisville), and Rabbi in Angels in America (Pace University).
NYTF's production of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish sold out for six months before moving to an Off-Broadway theater uptown. It has won a 2019 Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and a New York Drama Critics' Circle Award special citation and has been nominated for Lucille Lortel Awards, Drama League Awards, a Chita Rivera Award, and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award.
Now celebrating its 105th 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. NYTF is in residence at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Under the artistic direction of Zalmen Mlotek, NYTF is dedicated to creating a living legacy through the arts, connecting generations and bridging communities. NYTF aims to bring history to life by reviving and restoring lost and forgotten work, commissioning new work, and adapting pre-existing work for the 21st Century. Serving a diverse 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 a century-old cultural legacy and inspires the imaginations of the next generation to contribute to this valuable body of work.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is presenting the most comprehensive exhibition about Auschwitz ever seen in North America, Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away. until January 3, 2020. (Tickets are available now at auschwitz.nyc.) The exhibition features more than 700 original objects and photographs from over 20 international institutions, including rare artifacts. As visitors walk through the 20 thematic galleries, they will see the development of Nazi ideology and the transformation of Auschwitz from an ordinary Polish town known as O?wi?cim to the most significant Nazi site of the Holocaust-at which ca. 1 million Jews, and tens of thousands of others, were murdered. This exhibition was produced in partnership with the international exhibition firm Musealia and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland.