On this special edition of Offscript, we host a conversation among theatre artists who either currently or recently have been part of works on New York City stages that examine Jewishness and/or antisemitism, at a time when anti-Jewish hate crimes and antisemitic speech have resurfaced in American culture to an unsettling degree. Our guests include Joel Grey, whose staging of Fiddler in the Roof in Yiddish is having another run at New World Stages Off-Broadway; Tovah Feldshuh, who recently joined the cast of Broadway’s Funny Girl in the role of Rose Brice; Caissie Levy, currently appearing in Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt on Broadway; Michael Arden, who in early November directed a high-profile revival of Jason Robert Brown’s Parade at City Center; and Bess Wohl, whose play Camp Siegfried is currently running at Second Stage Off-Broadway.
Moderator Gabrielle Hoyt leads a conversation about what these shows are saying to audiences in 2022, and how their themes and stories resonate in the lives of these artists. (Note: An edited transcript of this conversation is here.)
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