THEODORE BIKEL: IN THE SHOES OF
Date: Sunday, November 8
Time: 11 am
Location: The Gershman Y
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Executive Producer: John Lollos
Running Time: 75 min
Languages: English And Yiddish with English Subtitles
THEODORE BIKEL: IN THE SHOES OF SHOLOM ALEICHEM brings together two beloved Jewish cultural icons in a humorous and performance-laden celebration of Yiddish song and storytelling. Sholom Aleichem (1859-1916), recognized as a pioneer of modern Jewish literature and the foremost chronicler of late 19th/early 20th century Jewish shtetl life, is best known for his Tevye the Milkman short stories. In his long and varied career, the recently deceased Theodore Bikel (1924-2015) played Tevye on stage in Fiddler on the Roof more than 2,000 times, was cast in more than 150 screen roles (including an Oscar-nominated turn in The Defiant Ones), and co-founded the Newport Folk Festival.
In this immensely charming documentary narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Alan Alda, Bikel demonstrates why Sholom Aleichem’s tragicomic stories continue to resonate with modern audiences through select monologues and songs from his Yiddish stage show, Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears. Audiences will appreciate additional insight from such notables as Fyvush Finkel, Gilbert Gottfried, and Doctor Ruth.
Guest Speaker: Marsha Lebby, Writer/Co-producer Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem
Sponsors: Harris and Debra Devor, Lynne and Harold Honickman, Michael and Kristen Karp, and National Museum of American Jewish History
Sold out World Premiere at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Castro Theater (1400 seats)
Official Selection of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Haifa International Film Festival, Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, and Washington Jewish Film Festival