Returning by popular demand after playing to sold-out houses as part of KulturfestNYC
The King of Chelm will run for limited engagement: November 14, 15, 21, 29 @ 1:00PM
85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003
Tickets are $18
Runtime: 60 minutes with no intermission
(New York – October, 2015) – FolksbieneRU and Lost & Found Project, a dynamic ensemble of actors, is bringing back the world premiere of a children’s musical The King of Chelm. The King of Chelm tells a story of a boy who dreams about becoming a super-hero. One day he wakes to find himself in a magical world where he learns what it is to be brave. In the upside-down and backwards universe of this small shtetl, Aaron together with the fools and the wise men of Chelm is going on a journey to find out what it really means to be a hero. This interactive performance invites audiences ages 4-12 to take part in a workshops following the performance at the Kraine Theatre and meet the characters of The King of Chelm more closely.
Acclaimed Israeli actor/Director Gera Sandler, who has directed The King of Chelm written by Boris Zilberman, remounting a cast of 7 New York based actors for it’s second run. The production features original score by composer Dmitri “Zisl” Slepovitch, score arranged by Alex Ryaboy. Stage and multimedia design by L2CoLAB.
Presented by FolksbieneRU: a partnership initiative of National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and Genesis Philanthropy Group and the generous support of Natan Fund.
The King of Chelm plays for 4 performances from November 14 – 29th , 2015. Performances are Saturday and Sunday at 1:00PM and Sundays at 2 p.m. There is no performance on Saturday, March 7.
“We are thrilled to support FolksbieneRU and the Lost & Found Project in their innovative efforts to connect the Russian-speaking Jewish community with their roots through theater,” said Marina Yudborovsky, regional director of Genesis Philanthropy Group – North America. “The Lost & Found Project brings true stories to life and relays the realities of the Russian Jewish American experience.”
FolksbieneRU is the Russian Division of The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. This unique performing arts platform was created to explore the rich heritage and complex identities of the Russian-speaking Jewish community. Using theatre and instruments of the performing arts to boldly venture into the matters of the heart, FolksbieneRU programs help participants find their own creative expression, connect with earlier generations, and deepen their Jewish identity. A special emphasis is placed on stewarding younger generations into Jewish life by bringing teaching artists to camps, schools and community organizations.
Company in Residence — The Lost & Found Project is an experimental theatrical troupe, founded by Anna Zicer and a group of young Russian-Jewish actors in NYC. Through the use of verbatim technique in its original productions, Lost & Found cast unabashedly reaches into the depth of the Russian-Jewish American experience to vocalize the struggles and celebrate the successes, and ultimately help its audience connect with the communal sense of pride and belonging.
Since 1915, the award-winning National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene [NYTF] has presented a window into the world of Jewish culture by engaging, educating, and igniting the imaginations of generations of theatergoers. It is the longest consecutively-producing Yiddish theatre company in the world and America’s sole-surviving professional Yiddish theatre. NYTF presents plays, musicals, concerts, and workshops in English, Yiddish, Ladino, Hebrew and Russian, with English and Russian supertitles accompanying most performances. Its mission is to celebrate the Jewish experience through the performing arts and to transmit a rich cultural legacy in exciting new way.
Contact: Alla Igolnikova
Marketing & Outreech, FolksbieneRU