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National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's THE TENTH MAN In Yiddish Sells Out

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's THE TENTH MAN In Yiddish Sells OutNational Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF), the longest consecutively producing theatre in the United States and the world's oldest continuously operating Yiddish theatre company, announced the stellar cast for the free, world premiere staged reading of Paddy Chayefsky's 1959 Tony Award-nominated play The Tenth Man, newly translated into Yiddish by Eleanor Reissa and Harvey Varga, on Tuesday, November 13 at 7 pm at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Pl. NY, NY 10280. All tickets were gone in a few hours.

The Tenth Man is being presented concurrently with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof, directed by Joel Grey, which has been playing to sold-out audiences and has been extended through December 30. Tickets for Fiddler on the Roof are available at

The Tenth Man is being presented in Yiddish with English supertitles, the reading will feature an all-star cast that includes Robert Abelson*, Rachel Botchan*, Motl Didner, Itzy Firestone*, Sean Fletcher*, Stephen Mo Hanan*, Jacob Harran*, Avram Mlotek, Eli Rosen, Doug Shapiro*, Steve Sterner*, Suzanne Toren*, Hy Wolfe*.

"As part of our mission to honor the historic legacy of Yiddish theatre, NYTF is proud to present to our audience the world premiere reading of Paddy Chayefsky's iconic play, The Tenth Man, in Yiddish," said NYTF's Chief Executive Officer Christopher Massimine.

The Tenth Man tells the story of an unhappy lawyer who is pulled off the street by several old Jewish men to serve as the tenth man needed for a minyan at a Long Island synagogue. He meets the granddaughter of one of the regulars, who may or may not be possessed by a Dybbuk, and vows to help cure her of her sickness after his own is relieved.

The reading is helmed by Tony Award-nominated director Eleanor Reissa (Those Were The Days, The Scutley Papers, The Threepenny Opera) and produced by the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.

"Through NYTF's reading series, audiences become part of the creative process," said NYTF's Artistic Director, Zalmen Mlotek. "It is an honor and a joy to see The Tenth Man come alive in Yiddish for the very first time. As we look toward our creative future, NYTF collaborates with the talented artists of our day to produce tomorrow's classics, which we hope will be performed for many years to come."

This event is sold out.

Entering its 104th 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. Dedicated to creating a living legacy through the arts, connecting generations and bridging communities, NYTF 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

*Denotes a member of Actors' Equity Association.

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