Perhaps owing to positive reviews, the Yiddish Public Theatre's Off-Broadway production of Green Fields (Grine Felder) has made arrangements to move to the Lambs Theatre on West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan for an opening by the end of January. The original run of the production, which garnered a slot in the New York Post's top ten Off-Broadway productions, closed at the Mazer Theatre Dec. 31.
Zypora Spaisman, a leading lady for decades 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 Shifra Lerer, Felix Fibich, Norman Kruger, Hy Wolfe, Julie Alexander, Joad Kohn and Roni Neuman.
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.
— by Amy Asch
and Ernio Hernandez