National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Unveils its Season of “Spiritual Resistance”

On the heels of its spectacular, sold-out run of the Yiddish presentation of Fiddler on The Roof, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) has announced the 2019-2020 season. For the first time ever, NYTF will present a season with four mainstage productions with a flexible season subscription. The productions, concerts and readings were curated to accompany the incoming exhibit Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away on display at the Museum of Jewish Heritage beginning on May 8, 2019.

The mainstage productions are the Drama Desk Award-nominated Hannah Senesh, a restored Yiddish musical gem Di Kishefmakherin (The Sorceress), the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Michael Korie’s new opera The Garden of the Finzi-Continis presented in partnership with New York City Opera, and a newly commissioned Yiddish translation of Paddy Chayefsky’s Tony Award-nominated The Tenth Man.

NYTF’s signature programming is primarily held at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, Battery Park, Lower Manhattan. Tickets and information are available at

“This upcoming season, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will focus on works that explore the themes of resistance and the triumph of the spirit. We are in residence at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, which is presenting Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away. As their artistic collaborators, we will offer theatrical experiences through the filter of how oppression shapes us and inspires us as individuals and as a community in the worst possible circumstances,” said NYTF’s Artistic Director, Zalmen Mlotek. “It is our mission to keep finding new ways to present the Yiddish cultural experience. With new audiences interested in our work because of the phenomenal success of our Fiddler, we offer a rich exciting season of new work, revered plays, and passionate performances.”

Additional programming will be announced later this year. But just in the coming months, rounding out the 2018-2019 season, will be City Parks Foundation SummerStage on June 12, 2019, a free event in Central Park that showcases The New York Cantors as seen on PBS.

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