Yiddish Theatre Forum [YTF]
Joel Berkowitz, Editor 

Vol. 04.005

Date: November 3, 2005
From: Frank Hentschker
Subject: Film: Goldfaden's Legacy

The Graduate Center, CUNY

Please join us for a screening of Goldfaden's Legacy: The Origins Of
Yiddish Theatre

FREE (for reservation see below)

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 05, 6:30 PM - Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate
Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave., at 34th Street

A documentary film about the origins of modern Yiddish theatre and Yiddish
theatre pioneer, Abraham Goldfaden.    Directed by Radu Gabrea, Bucarest,
Romania. 2004

With Zalmen Mlotek, Folksbiene Theatre, New York (piano presentation);
Yiddish songs with singers Elenor Reissa and Elisabeth Schwartze.
Discussion with film maker Radu Gabrea, historian Nahma Sandrow and Moshe
Yassur to follow.

Modern Yiddish theatre was created almost single-handedly by Goldfaden
(1840-1908) in the 1860s and 1870s in Eastern Europe. Goldfaden had a
background in rabbinical studies and his involvement with theatre began
when he played the leading role in a Purim play. He abandoned his studies
to write and publish several collections of Yiddish folk songs, and he then
joined forces with a group of Broder singers to present what became known
as the first professional Yiddish theatre performance: a two-act play in
Jassy, Romania. In 1883 the Russian government banned Yiddish performances,
and Yiddish actors and dramatists joined the mass emigration westwards
across Europe to Paris, London, and New York. Goldfaden was forgotten by
the time he arrived in New York's Lower East Side Yiddish Theatre scene,
but he enjoyed a revival of fame at the end of his life.

For more information:

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, - Martin E. Segal Theatre Center,
Proshansky Auditorium

The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave., at 34th Street

For reservations please contact 1.212.817.8215 or continuinged@gc.cuny.edu
and mention the Reservation Code 6420. Free. First come, first served

Dr. Frank Hentschker
Director of Programs
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center
The Graduate School and University Center
The City University of New York
365 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10016-4309
w   212 - 817-18 63
fax 212 - 817-15 62


End of Yiddish Theatre Forum 04.005

Yiddish Theatre Forum

Joel Berkowitz, Editor

Leonard Prager, Senior Adviser

                     Editorial Board

Zachary Baker                Barbara Henry
Miroslawa Bulat              David Mazower
Avrom Greenbaum          Nina Warnke
                          Seth Wolitz

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