New Yiddish Rep and Der LufTeaterof Strasbourg France presented New York’s only Yiddish theatrical presentation of the 2011 fall season, a new play adapted from Sholom Aleichem’s one act Agentn, which takes place on a train, and his Ayzenbahn Geshichtes, stories centered around train travel. The piece was workshopped in New York last October, and presented in a series of staged readings in November. Adapted by Rafael Goldwaser, the plays final form was shaped by the collaboration of the ensemble and the rehearsal process itself.
The Big Bupkis
“The Big Bupkis!” is an evening of cheap jokes, magic, ukulele music, hypnotism, unpleasant stories about Sophie Tucker, transvestitism, and a Yiddish bullfight poem, among other theatrical indignities. Giving nothing away, the show ends with Mr. Baker attempting to behead a volunteer from the audience. The show mixes English and Yiddish, with snarky English supertitles projected over the stage, so, no, you don’t have to know Yiddish to ‘get it’!
NYR’s first production, brought to the stage by co-founders David Mandelbaum and Amy Coleman. First performed at The Actors’ Temple in 2007, it went on to be featured at The First and Second Montreal International Yiddish Theater Festivals, and has been performed in Rome, Israel, UNC and Cornell Universities.