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Jewish actor Yaphet Kotto, star of ‘Alien,’ Bond villain, dies at age 81

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Actor Yaphet Kotto, who starred in the film “Alien” and played the first black James Bond villain, died on March 14 at the age of 81, his wife announced on Facebook. Kotto’s wife of 24...

December 16,1947: Malina’s Jewish Anarchist Play

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Judith Malina, co-founder with Julian Beck of the Living Theater in 1947, premiered what she described as “my Jewish anarchist play,” Korach, on this date in 2010. “In retelling the familiar story of Korach as it unfolds...

Der Dibek (The Dybbuk): 100th Anniversary Production

December 2020 marks 100 years since the curtain first rose on the Vilner Troupe's ground-breaking production of Sh. Ansky's Der Dibek (The Dybbuk, or, Between Two Worlds) which theater historian Debra Caplan calls 'the...

We are proud to announce our participation in a very special play reading: “It...

Wednesday, October 28TH at 1:00 PM ET (Viewable through Sunday November 1, 2020 at 1:00 PM) Debuting on October 28th, Folksbiene will present “It Can’t Happen Here”  a dramatization of the 1935 novel by Sinclair Lewis that imagines the...

Large archive of Moscow State Yiddish Theater now online

דער „בלאַוואַטניק־אַרכיוו“ האָט לעצטנס געשטעלט אויף דער אינטערנעץ הונדערטער בילדער פֿון חפֿצים פֿאַרבונדן מיט דער געשיכטע פֿונעם מאָסקווער ייִדישן מלוכה־טעטאַער („גאָסעט“). די אַרטיפֿאַקטן, וואָס נעמען אַרײַן הונדערטער פֿאָטאָגראַפֿיעס, סצענאַרן, בראָשורן, צייכענונגען און אַפֿישן, ווי אויך ביכער...

Broadway is dark, but NYTF will bring the stage to you

Folksbiene! LIVE – an online celebration of Yiddish culture featuring livestreamed theater, American Jewish performers, workshops, and other events – including a talkback with the cast of the award-winning Fiddler on the Roof in...

Anastasia fills our dreams

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Don’t we all fantasize about being someone else? Doesn’t every little girl like to play princess, dressing up in gowns and tiaras? What if that childish fantasy was once your reality? I first heard the story of...
Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.

Noura and the problems of immigrant families

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Jews of Eastern European ancestry are all too familiar with the pogroms that forcibly removed their forebears from their homes in the 1800s and continued through the Holocaust. However, Jews don’t hold the exclusive...
Andrew Barth Feldman. Photo by Nathan Johnson.

Broadway teen actor opens up about his Jewish heritage and the role of a...

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If you were 16, and it was two days before you made your Broadway debut as the lead role in the Tony award-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen,” you would likely be extremely nervous. “It’s getting...
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‘Spamalot’ is a ride of madcap silliness

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When Monty Python and the Holy Grail was released in 1975, their wildly irreverent treatment of the Arthurian legends seemed the height of chutzpah. With the advent of VCRs, it became a cult classic that true devotées...