Yiddish Theatre In America: Ladden With Happiness And Tears

January 18 at 10:30AM

Featuring performance videos and stories of Yiddish Theatre in the United States, this multi-media lecture celebrates Yiddish Theatre with a loving look at a vital ethnic art form, steeped rich in an entertainment tradition that was born out of Eastern Europe in the 1870s.

Take a look back at this almost forgotten art form which gave the American theatre such beloved performers as Molly Picon and Paul Muni,
and classic shows like Fiddler on the Roof.

Although it has been many years since Yiddish Theatre enjoyed a golden age on New York’s Lower East Side, its influence still echoes in theater, film and television.

Lecturer JOHN KENRICK, served as personal assistant to six Tony-winning producers, working on such productions as the Pulitzer Prize-winning hit “Rent” and the first revival of “Grease.” He also assisted in the management of numerous national tours, including “Damn Yankees” with Jerry Lewis, “Crazy for You”, “Victor/Victoria”, “Jekyll & Hyde” and “Busker Alley”. He was also lyricist for the short-lived but acclaimed Off-Broadway production “Bats”, wrote and produced cabaret shows that appeared at The Duplex and The Five Oaks, and provided special material for performers at Caroline’s, Eighty-Eights, Don’t Tell Mama and other top New York clubs. He was Associate Producer for the Celebration ‘86 Gay Arts Festival, and worked in various capacities for The Glines, The Vineyard Theatre, PACE Theatrical, NAMCO, The Booking Office and The New York Theatre Workshop.