Castillo and the New Yiddish Rep

Create Unusual Cultural “Mash up”

Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot will be performed for the first time in Yiddish! The New Yiddish Rep is introducing an avant-garde classic to its audience of Yiddish Theatre mayvens, while Castillo’s multicultural audience will learn about the history and influence of Yiddish Theatre while experiencing a Yiddish performance for the first time. These two theatres with uniquely different audiences and artistic missions team up to introduce a modern classic of the theatre to new audiences. The show opens on September 20.

The multiracial cast features David Mandelbaum, the artistic director of the New Yiddish Rep (above right) as “Estragon” and Shane Baker (above center) as “Vladimir,” as well as Rafael Goldwaser as “Lucky,” Avi Hoffman as “Pozzo,” and 9-year-old Nicholas Jenkins (above left) who is making his off-off-Broadway debut as “boy.” Jenkins is, by the way, the son of AUDELCO Award-winning actress Ava Jenkins, who will star in Castillo’s next play, Fred Newman’s Stealin’ Home, opening next month.

Watch the New York Times Arts Beat video "In Performance: A Yiddish Waiting for Godot"


Hear from the director and cast of

Beckett's Waiting for Godot

The play, presented in Yiddish with English and Russian supertitles, will run at the Castillo Theatre from September 20 to October 13, 2013. Moshe Yassur will direct and Shane Baker and David Mandelbaum, the Artistic Director fo the New Yiddish Repertory Theatre will be featured. 



The Proverbial Loons

in Musical Comedy at Castillo

Six talented improvisers (one on piano) create a fully improvised musical inspired by the lives of two audience members. See your life transformed into a zany musical, or just watch and enjoy the show. It's guaranteed entertaining and ridiculous! See "Out In New Jersey" news article!


Featuring: David Nackman, Marian Rich, Andy Parker, Cathy Rose Salit, John B. Opdycke, with Frank Spitznagel on piano.

Upcoming Loons' shows will be Saturday evenings at 8 PM: March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, August 2, 9 & 16, 2014 




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 Castillo Theatre artistic director Dan Friedman (center) celebrates 2014 Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre recipients Ping Chong of Ping Chong & Company (left) and Amanda Feldman of CollaborationTown.

2014 Otto Awards Announced

Members of the Awards Committee of the Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre gathered at the Castillo Theatre on Friday evening February 7th to announce this year’s Otto Award honorees. The 16th annual awards celebration will be held on May 18, 2014. This year's honorees are:

Ping Chong & Company, founded in 1975 with the mission to create works of theater and art that explore the intersections of race, culture, history, art, media and technology in the modern world;

CollaborationTown, a company that creates original work in NYC that is relevant beyond traditional theater audiences and speaks to many of the most pressing contemporary social and political themes;

David Edgar, leading British playwright and the president of the Writers Guild of Great Britain, known for his adaptation The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby;

Katori Hall, a playwright/performer whose writings combine often harsh and vivid realities with imaginative explorations of possibilities, and whose award-winning play, The Mountaintop, has received productions all over the world;

E. Patrick Johnson, a scholar/artist who has performed nationally and internationally and has published widely in the area of race, gender, sexuality and performance;

Carlton and Maurice Turner, who together founded M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction) in the late 1990s, a flexible ensemble focused on collaborative creation in communities.

In addition to 2014 Otto honorees Ping Chong and Bruce Allardice of Ping Chong & Company, and Amanda Feldman, Geoffrey O’Donnell, Jordan Seavey and TJ Witham from CollaborationTown, present for the announcement were 35 guests. Among them were theatre artists Charles Weldon of the Negro Ensemble Company, Rudolph Shaw of the Caribbean American Repertory Theatre, director Moshe Yassur, and past Otto honorees Richard Wesley, and Brad Burgess from the Living Theatre.

2013 Ottos honoree Richard Wesley (left) with Charles Weldon, artistic director of the Negro Ensemble Company

Ottos executive producer Diane Stiles with Brad Burgess of the Living Theatre

Left to right, Castillo Theatre volunteer Ellen Korner with Geoffrey O'Donnell and TJ Witham of CollaborationTown, along with Castillo Theatre artistic director Dan Friedman and Ottos executive producer Diane Stiles