Not Dead Yet! The Kadimah presents three shows to commemorate centenary of the death of the famous Yiddish writer, Sholem Aleichem

A Kadimah Production in Yiddish and English (with English surtitles)

The Kadimah, the Jewish Cultural Centre and National Library, is presenting three shows called Sholem Aleichem: Not Dead Yet! A Tribute to the 100th Yortstayt [death centenary] of our beloved Yiddish Writer over the last weekend of October at Elwood College’s Phoenix Theatre.

Sholem Aleichem, who was one the most admired and prolific of all writers in Yiddish, the thousand-year-old language of Eastern European Jews, was responsible for characters such as Tevye the Dairyman, the basis for Fiddler on the Roof.

Sholem Aleichem was as big a celebrity as Charles Dickens and Mark Twain in his day. When he died in 1916 at the age of 57, his funeral procession through the streets of New York was the biggest ever seen, attracting crowds variously estimated as being between 100,000-250,000.

The shows features vignettes from various celebrated Sholem Aleichem stories, songs and monologues with a narration created by Arnold Zable and performed by the ‘ghost’ of Sholem Aleichem. The shows will be in both Yiddish and English, with English surtitles for the parts in Yiddish.

Renowned New York Yiddish actor and director Shane Baker is coming to Australia in early October to perform in the shows and co-direct with Galit Klas. The local cast includes Alex Dafner, Leon Garfinkel, Elisa Gray, Michelle Gray, Freydi Mrocki, Helen Mizrachi, Henry Nusbaum, Josh Reuben, Doodie Ringelblum, Hillel Ringelblum and Tamara Vasilevitsky.

Tickets: $35-$42.

8pm Saturday 29 October, 2pm & 7pm Sunday 30 October – Phoenix Theatre, Elwood College, 101 Glen Huntly Road, Elwood