On June 20, Off-Broadway’s Yiddish language revival of Fiddler on the Roof will honor World Refugee Day by donating every seat in the house for the performance to refugees.
In conjunction with Reboot, a Jewish arts and culture organization, Fiddler will also welcome a slate of programming to celebrate these refugees and their stories.
Prior to the performance, attendees are invited for complimentary refreshments and light bites as they take in the lobby display After Anatevka: Jewish Immigration and American Reaction. The exhibit at Stage 42 was curated by Eddy Portnoy, a Yiddish scholar with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.
Photographer Gillian Laub and illustrator Christopher Noxon will take snapshots and live-sketches of a select group of refugees in attendance in order to record and commemorate their experiences. Additionally, other select refugees who will attend that day will tell their stories in interviews that will be later amalgamated for a larger initiative to be announced.
American Friends Service Committee — Immigrant Rights Program, Catholic Charities, Catholic Charities — Brooklyn & Queens, HIAS, Immigration Equality, International Rescue Committee (IRC), Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, Museum of Jewish Heritage, New Sanctuary Coalition, New York Immigration Coalition, RDJ Refugee Shelter, Tenement Museum are among the organizations coordinating efforts to bring attendees to Fiddler on June 20.
This production of Fiddler on the Roof won the 2019 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical, the 2019 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical Revival, a 2019 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award Special Citation and star Steven Skybell is the winner of the 2019 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Lead Actor.
First Look at the Yiddish Production of Fiddler on the Roof Off-Broadway
The production from director Joel Grey stars Skybell as Tevye, Emmy Award nominee Jackie Hoffman as Yente, Jennifer Babiak as Golde, Joanne Borts as Sheyndl, Michael Einav as Ensemble; Lisa Fishman Bobe Tsatyl, Kirk Geritano as Avrom; Abby Goldfarb as Female Swing; Samantha Hahn as Beylke; Cameron Johnson as Fyedka; John Giesige as Male Swing/Dance Captain; Ben Liebert as Motl Kamzoyl; Moshe Lobelas Understudy; Stephanie Lynne Mason as Hodl; Evan Mayer as Sasha; Rosie Jo Neddy as Khave; Raquel Nobile as Shprintze; Jonathan Quigley as Ensemble; Nick Raynor as Yosl; Bruce Sabath as Leyzer- Volf; Kayleen Seidl as Ensemble; Drew Seigla as Perchik; Adam B. Shapiro as Der Rov; Jodi Snyder as Frume-Sore; James Monroe Števko as Mendl; Lauren Jeanne Thomas as Der Fiddler; Bobby Underwood as Der Gradavoy; Mikhl Yashinsky as Nokhum/Mordkhe and Rachel Zatcoff as Tsaytl.
The creative team for this Fiddler features musical staging and new choreography by Staś Kmieć, musical direction by Zalmen Mlotek, set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, sound design by Dan Moses Schreier, lighting design by Peter Kaczorowski, wig and hair design by Tom Watson, props by Addison Heeren and casting by Jamibeth Margolis, CSA.
Fiddler on the Roof is produced by Hal Luftig, Jana Robbins, LHC Theatrical, Jenny Steingart, Steven Chaikelson, Ruth Hendel, Braemar House Productions, Jamie deRoy & friends, Nina Korelitz Matza/Nicola Berhman, Anita Waxman/Martin H Borell, and The Shubert Organization in association with Sandy Block.