By Andrew Gans
14 Feb 2014
The cast will be led by Stephen Mo Hanan and Drama Desk nominee Avi Hoffman, who will be joined by Adam Shapiro, Alan Schmuckler, Rachel Arielle Yucht, Stacey Harris, Andrew Keltz, Rebecca Keren and Hannah D. Scott.
The Megile of Itzik Manger has music by Dov Seltzer, with book and lyrics authored by Shmuel Bunim, Haim Hefer, Itzik Manger and Dov Seltzer.
A whimsical circus-inspired adaptation based on the familiar tale of Queen Esther, The Megile of Itzik Manger, according to press notes, "is filled with music, acrobatic thrills, magic, larger-than-life puppets, dance, and comedy. With innovative post-modern staging, the production is set simultaneously in Biblical Persia and inter-war Poland, housed within in the center ring of the big-top."
A special Purim celebration is set for the evening of March 15. This performance will include a reading of "The Megillah of Esther" 30 minutes previous to the 9 PM curtain. The reading will be presented in Yiddish with English translations. The evening will conclude with a reception and costume contest judged by fashion designers Caitlin Kelly and Hila Geller.
The production team includes Folksbiene associate artistic director Motl Didner as director, Folksbiene artistic director Zalmen Mlotek as music director, Merete Muenter as choreographer, circus innovator Jenny Romaine as production designer, Natalie Robin as lighting designer, Benjamin Furiga as sound designer, Shayna O’Neill as production stage manager and Christopher Massimine as supervising producer.
The Megile of Itzik Manger is presented in Yiddish with some English, complemented with English and Russian supertitles.
Show times are Sunday at 2 PM and 6 PM, Wednesday at 2 PM and 7:30 PM, Thursday at noon and 7:30 PM with additional shows March 8 at 8:30 PM at March 15 at 9 PM.
For tickets, which are $40 Orchestra and $35 Balcony, visit the Baruch Performing Arts Center box office, or call (866) 811-4111, or visit nationalyiddishtheatre.org.