"Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" to Screen in the Old Neighborhood Nov. 21-28 | Playbill

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News "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" to Screen in the Old Neighborhood Nov. 21-28 The late Yiddish Theatre impresaria Zypora Spaisman and the Yiddish Public Theatre are the subject of a new documentary "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story."

Producer Ravit Markus and award-winning Israeli director Dan Katzir created the film, which features interviews with Spaisman and other legends of the Yiddish Theatre: Shifra Lerer, Felix Fibich and Seymour Rechzeit, Zalmen Mlotek of Folksbiene - National Yiddish Theater and scholars Dovid Katz and Nahma Sandrow.

"This heartwarming story of one unique woman's struggle portrays the fight of both an old art form to stay relevant and an old actress to find meaning and a stage in a society that worships youth," press notes state. "Shot in real time in one of the coldest winters in New York, Zypora's theatre has one week to raise funding to keep their show going. Many miracles occur during this week. But will they be enough to save this critically acclaimed Yiddish show?"

Spaisman, a Holocaust survivor, kept the Folksbiene – the longest running Yiddish theatre – alive for 40 years before she founded the Yiddish Public Theatre in 1997.

New York's Yiddish Theatre community, which was located on Manhattan's mostly Jewish Lower East Side, thrived in the early to mid part of the 20th century, with productions rivaling those playing further uptown on Broadway.

As many as 12 Yiddish theatre companies coexisted in the New York metropolitan area from 1890 to 1940. Today, many of the theatres that housed the Yiddish companies no longer exist, or stand in disarray. The Yiddish Theatre is credited for establishing many Yiddish phrases in the American vernacular. From Nov. 21-28 "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" will return to its cultural roots when advanced screenings begin at the Pioneer Theater, located at 155 East 3rd Street (between Avenues A and B) on Mahattan's Lower East Side. Tickets are $10 or $6.50 for members and seniors and may be purchased by calling (800) 595-4849.

For more information on "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story," visit www.yiddishtheater.net.

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