Monday, August 28, 2017

Di Goldene Kale (2015)

Yiddish Performance of the Week


Di Goldene Kale (“The Golden Bride”), a production of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, in NYC, this was the first production of this operetta in more than 70 years, staged at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (December 2, 2015–January 3, 2016). An article (“Preparing ‘The Golden Bride’ for Its Big Day;” November 27, 2015), by Joshua Barone, in The New York Times says about the operetta, which premiered in 1923 at “the 2,000-seat house at Kessler’s Second Avenue Theater (now Village East Cinema).” As for what the operetta is about, it’s about making a better life, an idea which resonates with Yiddish audiences: “The work is a fantastical take on the American dream in which an orphan on a shtetl receives an enormous inheritance and sets off to the United States to find her mother and offer her hand to the man who can help.” The composer is Joseph Rumshinsky, a star of Yiddish theatre; the libretto was written by Frieda Freiman, the wife of the man (Louis) who received credit. This is the way it was. Now, Frieda gets the credit due her. This production is co-directed by Bryna Wasserman, the daughter of Dora Wasserman.
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