The first preview performance of the Yiddish comedy, Green Fields, has been postponed to October 28. This play with music is presented by the newly formed Yiddish Public Theater and will still open Nov. 2 for a twelve week run at the Mazer Theater.
Under the artistic directorship of Zypora Spaisman, The Yiddish Public Theatre will present classic Yiddish dramas and musicals. Jechil Dobekierer, who heads New York's Zionist Labor Alliance, is the group's producer. Spaisman, for decades a leading lady at the Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre, will appear as a mother in this story about a yeshiva boy from the city who falls for a farm girl. Also in the cast are Yiddish Theatre veterans Shifra Lerer (familiar from appearances in the movies “Avalon,” “Deconstructing Harry,” and “A Stranger Among Us.”), Felix Fibich (Cafe Crown), Norman Kruger, and Hy Wolfe.
Written by Peretz Hirschbein, Green Fields was first performed in New York City in 1919, when renowned actor-director Jacob Ben-Ami chose it to open the New Yiddish Art Theatre at Irving Place. The Yiddish Public's production is directed by Bryna Turetsky and includes songs by Sholem Secunda (who penned the tune "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen”) and Vladimir Heifetz. Heifetz composed the score for the 1938 film version of this comedy, whose cast included 15-year-old Herschel Bernardi.
The show will be performed in Yiddish, with simultaneous translation (via headphones) to English and Russian. Performances are Wednesday at 2 PM and 7 PM, Thursday at 7 PM, Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM and 5:30 PM. The Mazer Theatre is at 197 East Broadway between Clinton and Jefferson, convenient to the East Broadway stop on the F train.
Tickets are $30, $25, and $18 and available from Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200. -- by Amy Asch