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On the 100th Anniversary of Arthur Miller’s birth, the New Yiddish Rep, in association with the Castillo Theatre, brings to the stage Miller’s masterpiece, Death of a Salesman- in Yiddish with English supertitles. The story of Willy Loman, a failing salesman trapped in his own dream world, Salesman speaks with compassion of the perils of self-delusion and with anger of the true price of the American Dream. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest plays of the American theatre. The translation by famed Yiddish Theatre and Broadway star Joseph Buloff  (a translation embraced by the playwright ) brings to the fore the play’s Jewish and assimilationist currents.

 

Directed by Moshe Yassur, the productionʼs ensemble cast features Avi Hoffman (Off-Broadwayʼs “Songs of Paradise” at The Public and the “Too Jewish” series, also seen on PBS) in the role of Willy Loman; the Detroit-born and Berlin-based actor, composer and klezmer star Daniel Kahn as Biff; vaudevillian and celebrated Yiddishist Shane Baker as Charley; Lev Herskovitz in his Off-Broadway debut as Happy, and veteran actress Suzanne Toren as Linda.

 

About the director: Moshe Yassur, born in Iasi, Romania was a child actor in the Pomul Verde (The Green Apple), the original Yiddish theatre founded by Avram Goldfadn in Iasi in 1876. He also trained at the Conservatory and acted in the Romanian National Theatre. In 1950, after emigration to Israel, he became part of the Hebrew theatre in Israel as actor, director, and teacher. In 1962 with a scholarship to study theatre in Paris, he worked with Jean Marie Serreau on plays by Eugene Ionesco and Samuel Beckett. Moshe came to New York in 1971. For Woodie King, Jr., producer of The New Federal Theatre, he ran the Experimental Theatre Workshop and the Jewish Wing where he directed, among other plays, Andorra by Max Frisch. In New York he also directed at Soho Rep, the Open Space Theatre Experiment, and the Third Step Theatre Company. More recently he staged his adaptation of I.B. Singer’s Gimpl Tam at the Jewish National Theatre Folksbiene and for New Jewish Rep Sholem Aleichem ’s Agentn. Since 2000 Moshe has directed traditional and modern works in Yiddish at the Jewish State Theatre in Bucharest. At major Romanian theatres he directed several plays by Ionesco, premiered Howard Barker’s Judith, Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw and The Belle of Amherst. Recent New York work includes acting at Castillo Theatre in Fred Newman’s Mr. Hirsch Died Yesterday and directing Dan Friedman’s The Learning Play of Rabbi Levi Yitzhok, Son of Sara, of Berdichev. He directed Waiting for Godot for New Yiddish Rep, originally in cooperation with Castillo in 2013, and performed in that play's production at the Beckett Festival in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, later reprising his role at Origin’s 2014 First Irish Theatre Festival.

 


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