Review Fix chats with ‘Waiting for Godot’ Artistic Director David Mandelbaum, who discusses the production and who will enjoy it the most.
About the Production:
New Yiddish Rep, in association with The Theater at the 14th Street Y, is pleased to present a fresh new production of Samuel Beckett’s masterpiece Waiting for Godot (Vartn Af Godot), translated byShane Baker, anddirected by The 14th Street Y’s artistic director of Arts & Culture, Ronit Muszkatblit. Waiting for Godot will perform in Yiddish with English super-titles for a five-week limited engagement from Sunday, December 24th, 2018 through Sunday, January 27th, 2019 at The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street at 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003). Official opening is Sunday, January 6th at 2:00 P.M..
Review Fix: What inspired this production?
David Mandelbaum: The need to combat fear of the other. It is one of the great 20th century plays. It speaks about the universal quest for meaning . It’s a piece that works particularly well translated into Yiddish.
Review Fix: Why does this production matter?
Mandelbaum: We are all the other. It resonates on so many levels, such as man’s inhumanity to man , and the need for connection to know that we exist.
Review Fix: How is it different from the French production?
Mandelbaum: It’s in Yiddish.
Review Fix: What does this production mean to you?
Mandelbaum: A chance to produce and act in a work of genius.
Review Fix: Who will enjoy this production the most?
Mandelbaum: “Those who think see the comedy in life, those who feel see the tragedy.” -H. Walpole.
People are interested in the exploration of the human experience, the Yiddish language, and humor.
Review Fix: Bottom line, how do you want it to be remembered?
Mandelbaum: As a moving, funny and excellent production.
Review Fix: What’s next?
Mandelbaum: We have a children’s puppet show in the works, as well as the return of our cabaret, and reading series. To learn more about New Yiddish Rep visit newyiddishrep.org