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National Jewish Theater Foundation to Bring 'CABARET IN CAPTIVITY' to York Theatre

Originally posted on Broadway World
Written by BWW News Desk

The National Jewish Theater Foundation, in association with The York Theatre Company, will present a special one-night only performance of CABARET IN CAPTIVITY: Songs and Sketches from Terezin/Theresienstadt, as part of the second annual Holocaust Theater International Initiative Remembrance Readings. The event will take place on Sunday evening, May 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

Under the direction of Edward Einhorn, featured performers will include Craig R. Anderson, Lynn Berg, Jenny Lee Mitchell, Eric Oleson, and Patrick Pizzolorusso, with Maria Dessena on piano.

CABARET IN CAPTIVITY is a workshop of sketches and cabaret songs written in Terezín, from Lisa Peschel's anthology "Performing Captivity, Performing Escape," and other sources. Song and sketches will include "Terezin March" by Karel Švenk, English lyrics adapted by Naomi Patz, music adapted by Stephen Feigebaum; "Radio Show" by Felix Prokeš, Vít?zslav "Pidla" Horpatzky, Pavel Stránský, and Kurt Egerer, translated by Lisa Peschel; "Ich glaub' ich bin nicht ganz normal" ("I don't think I am quite normal"), original music by Armin Berg, text by Louis Taufstein, Terezín/Theresienstadt parody by Hans Hofer; "Laugh With Us" by Felix Prokeš, Vít?zslav "Pidla" Horpatzky, Pavel Weisskopf, and Pavel Stránský;"The Optimistic Song" by Frantisek Kowanitz, music by Jaroslav Jezek, translated by Lisa Peschel; and "The Last Cyclist" by Karel Švenk, adapted by Naomi Patz.

The York Theatre Company is honored to be part of the 2nd Annual National Jewish Theater Foundation/Holocaust Theater International Initiative Remembrance Readings. This program uses theatrical content to create live events, held whenever possible at simultaneous times and dates in venues throughout the United States. Now in its second year, participation in the program has increased by 50% to include theaters, memorial museums, libraries, consulates, colleges and universities and JCCs from 11 states. The Remembrance Readings program recognizes Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) by using theater as a means to honor the victims of the Holocaust-their memories and stories and the lessons that must never be forgotten. The York Theatre Company joins a growing number of participating institutions throughout the country, including the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

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The York Theatre Company is the only theater in New York City-and one of very few in the world-dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past. For over four decades, York's intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and recognition from artists and audiences alike. Under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director James Morgan since 1997, the York has focused on new musicals in its Mainstage Series-most of them world, American, or New York premieres-by some of the field's most esteemed creators, and has also helped launch the careers of many talented new writers. Over 35 cast recordings from York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, including its acclaimed revival of Closer Than Ever (2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir (Tony Award Nomination for actress Judy Kaye), and Jolson & Company, and revivals of Pacific Overtures and Sweeney Todd (four Tony Nominations including Best Revival) have all showcased the importance of the York and its programs. Recent hits have included Rothschild and Sons, Plaid Tidings and Cagney, which recently opened to rave reviews at the Westside Theatre starring Robert Creighton as James Cagney, and the rest of the original York cast.