Discover the Jewish experience from the lush winegardens of Romania to the shores of liberty and the Lower East Side in this Yiddish/English musical romp that brings together contemporary audiences of all backgrounds. A heartfelt and song-filled
story, “Those Were the Days” mixes universal aspects of seeking continuity and acceptance in America with the unique flavor of Yiddish humor and joy. Conceived and constructed by Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld in New York, this celebration of music and heritage transcends age, cultural and linguistic barriers.
In its lifetime, the play has garnered two Tony Award nominations and received the Drama Desk Award. By utilizing the works of legendary Yiddish writers, poets and composers such as Sholom Aleichem, I. L. Peretz, Sholom Secunda, and Jacob Jacobs, this production succeeds in tracing the
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Jewish experience from late 19th Century Eastern Europe to the bustling New York City of the 1930s. Among the popular songs incorporated into the show are “Bei Mir Bistu Sheyn,” “My Yiddishe Mame,” “Ofyn Pripetshik” “Rumania, Rumania” and the title song “Those Were the Days.” The New York Times proclaimed it “A practically self-translating effusion of song and dance…[that] brings sparkle to the eye and a tickle to the throat… A musical mitzvah!”
The world-renowned Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre of Montreal (www.yiddishtheatre.org) recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. In addition to its yearly productions at its home base at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts in Montreal (www.segalcentre.org), the company has traveled to almost 50 cities in North America, Western and Eastern Europe, and Israel. The troupe has previously brought its production of “Those Were the Days” to enthusiastic audiences in Dresden, Prague and Vienna in 2006, and a weeklong engagement at the Broward Centre for
Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during the winter of 2009. This will be the show and troupe’s West Coast premiere!
Yiddishkayt promotes and celebrates Yiddish as a vital part of the mosaic of Los Angeles cultures. Since its inception
in 1995, Yiddishkayt has embraced the multicultural richness of Los Angeles to strengthen consciousness—and foster the growth—of all things Yiddish, connecting generations old and new with their priceless cultural heritage. By focusing not only on the traditions but the creativity of Yiddish culture, Yiddishkayt charts a new way for Yiddish to evolve and adapt in the twenty-first century.
More information on the web at http://bit.ly/yiddishtheatre or http://www.yiddishkayt.org/
For inquiries, contact Wesley Pinkham at email@example.com or call (213) 389-8880.
By: Wesley Pinkham