New Yorkers have only three more chances to catch The Maiden Of Ludmir, a production at the Folksbiene Theatre, the oldest continuously-run Yiddish theatre in the world, which began its season Oct. 19. Ludmir, a musical by Miriam Hoffman (book & lyrics) and John Clifton (music), was scheduled to close at the company's 423-seat theatre on East 55th St. Jan.12 but was extended an extra two weeks, to Jan. 26. It's based on the true story of a 19th century Jewish girl who becomes a Rebbe in the Ukranian town of Ludmir.
Featured in the cast are Folksbiene veterans Mina Bern and Zypora Spaisman (both over 80 years old), as well as special London guest artist, Bernard Mendelovitch. Other cast-members include Rachel Botchan, Benjamin Hayeem, Eric Kuttner, Ilan Kwittken, Hy Wolfe and Suzanne Torn. Lighting is by Robert Williams, sets by Alexander Solodukho, costumes by Gail Cooper-Hecht.
Directed by Robert Kalfin, the musical will be performed entirely in Yiddish, however simultaneous translation -- in both English and Russian - is available via headset.
For tickets ($22-$25) and information on the final three performances (Wed 2 PM, Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM), call (212) 755-2231.
-- By David Lefkowitz