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Event 4 details

EVENT 4: AJT First Performance Event
A selection of performance projects chosen by AJT

Sunday, October 25, 7pm – 8:30pm Eastern Time (4pm – 5:30pm Pacific Time)

Stories of Jewish Holidays from La Caja Negra, Playback Theatre in Uruguay
The Great Escape a live conversation with Holocaust Survivor, Susanne Gottfried
Bubble Schmeisis written & performed by Nick Cassenbaum in London;
BJW by Adena Walker and Erin Murray Quinlan, performed by Adena Walker
Imagining Heschel by Colin Greer, adapted and directed by David Y. Chack and produced by ShPIeL-Performing Identity in Louisville, KY.

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Stories of Jewish Holidays

from La Caja Negra, Playback Theatre in Uruguay
Director/Moderator: Melanie Catan
Cast: Muriel Taks, Boris Goldenberg, Yoel Bercovici, Kenzo Gambetta, Julieta Barmaymón
Musician: Carlos Perera
Production: Melanie Catan, Boris Goldenberg and Muriel Taks


The Great Escape

a live conversation with Holocaust Survivor, Susanne Gottfried (featured speaker) conducted by Steve Gottfried (interviewer)
from Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Susanne Gottfried shares her firsthand account of what it was like to flee Austria as an 11-year-old with her parents after Hitler assumed control and began his rein of terror. In an informal interview with her son, the 93-years young woman who was born Susie Kohn will talk about the early warning signs which caused her father to see the writing on the wall and the critical steps he took which enabled them to carve out an exit strategy on Easter Sunday 1938. She will also comment on the eerie parallels of Trump’s rise and the tragedy of watching a demagogue vilify everything this country stands for.


Bubble Schmeisis (excerpt)

written & performed by Nick Cassenbaum
from London, England
footage courtesy of University Musical Society

Bubbemeises is Yiddish, it translates as a grandmother’s story, a tall story, an old wives’ tale. Writer and street performer Nick Cassenbaum along with two klezmer musicians invite you into the warmth of the Canning Town Schvitz, East London’s last authentic bath house. Amongst the steam and ritual Nick will take you on a journey to find the place he belongs. Schlaping through summer camps, barber shops and Spurs games. Will he find what he was looking for? Bubble Schmeisis is full of intimate and personal true stories about identity, home and getting schmeised (washed) by old men. www.nickcassenbaum.com


BJW (excerpt)

starring Adena Walker
written by Adena Walker and Erin Murray Quinlan
music and lyrics by Erin Murray Quinlan
This is an excerpt of a show being debuted at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2021 at Greenside
www.bjwmusical.com

Adena is a black Jewish woman in Trump’s America. What could go wrong? This excerpt from the new musical comedy is one of several vignettes that sum up Adena’s experience working, dating, and trying to make sense of NYC life in 2020.


Imagining Heschel (excerpt)

written by Colin Greer
adapted and directed by David Y. Chack
produced by ShPIeL-Performing Identity with the Bunbury-ShPIeL Identity Theatre Project in Louisville, Kentucky

Cast:
Tom Luce as Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Jason Maina as Jonah
Richard Kautz as Cardinal Bea
Bailey Story as Father Brian O’Malley
Lindsey Palgy as Carol Radnor

Imagining Heschel is about the great Jewish theologian and civil rights leader Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. Depicting Heschel’s work against the Vietnam War, standing with Martin Luther King, and facilitating lasting change by the Catholic Church towards the Jewish people — ultimately Imagining Heschel is an impressionistic portrayal of the ongoing and inner struggle with supremacism towards the “other.” Jason Maina, who plays ‘Jonah’ said, “I am in this play because theatre is another way to protest and this is what the Civil Rights Movement meant – love, universality, crossing borders, and fighting the ideas of racism. It is a catalyst.”

  • Tickets: $15-$25 tickets
  • If you register and pay for the conference, you will receive access to all 3 performance events in addition to the panels and workshops.

Description: A selection of performance projects chosen by AJT from AJT’s performance proposal requests. The first of three performance events.

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