BEAUTY / THEATER
BEHOLD: Beauty on the Stage.
at the Theater at the 14th Street Y
March 17, 2016 at 7:30pm
LABAlive presents BEHOLD: Beauty on the Stage, featuring three new theatrical shorts and teachings of the ancient Jewish texts that inspired them from LABA artists Joshua Max Feldman, Kendell Pinkney, and Lior Zalmanson and featuring LABA teacher Ruby Namdar on March 17, 206 at 7:30pm at the Theater at the 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, New York, NY. Tickets are $20 (drinks included) and can be purchased at www.labajournal.com/theater or by calling 646-395-4310.
The evening’s programming includes:
The Devil & the Wandering Jew by Joshua Max Feldman
When a rabbi learns that a bar mitzvah date has been double-booked, he flees from his congregation rather than deal with the fallout. Little does he know, his disappearance creates a crisis that threatens the divine order. A comedic work that mixes the dilemmas of contemporary Judaism with figures of ancient folklore, The Devil & the Wandering Jew examines what it means to be “a beautiful soul” from acclaimed novelist and playwright Joshua Feldman.
Bread of Heaven by Kendell Pinkney
A deeply personal look into the fragility and beauty of religious conversion. Bread of Heaven is a devised performance piece by Kendell Pinkney that explores his conversion to Judaism as situated among the stories of other converts. Blending audio interviews, childhood memories, monologue, dance, sacred text, and music, the piece paints a deeply personal picture of what it feels like to cross over into Jewish peoplehood.
Swipe Me Right by Lior Zalmanson
Starring Noga Morhag
In his neo-cabaret, Zalmanson mixes Tinder, YouTube, karaoke and Kabbalah to explore our ever-growing need for validation from others.
About the LABA Fellows
Joshua Max Feldman is a writer of fiction and plays. His debut novel, The Book of Jonah, a modern retelling of the Biblical Book of Jonah set in contemporary New York City, was published in the U.S. in February, 2014, by Henry Holt. Amazon named The Book of Jonah the Debut Novel of the Month, and the New York Times praised it for “storytelling infused with energy” and declared it “worth applauding.” The Book of Jonah has been translated into nine languages and published in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Israel, and more. Joshua’s New York theater career began when his play HeartBreakWordMusic was produced at the Under St. Mark’s Theatre. Joshua’s theatrical works have also been featured as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and have been produced in New York at the 78th Street Theatre Lab, the HERE Arts Center, the Flea Theater, and more.
Kendell Pinkney is a Texas-born, Brooklyn-based theatre writer. A graduate of Oberlin College and New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, his collaborative works and songs have been performed and/or developed at venues such as 54 Below, Two Rivers Theatre Company, Goodspeed Opera House, Musical Theatre Factory, The 52nd Street Project, and Joe’s Pub, to name a few. Additionally, he was commissioned by Pursuit Productions to pen a new play based on the Lilith myth, which will premiere in Chicago in late 2016/early 2017. More recently, his broader interests in identity, race, and Jewishness led him to team up with renowned spoken-word artist Vanessa Hidary (aka, the Hebrew Mamita) to produce Kaleidoscope, a multi-media project and monologue showcase highlighting Jews of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. When not writing for the stage, Kendell is extensively involved in Jewish life and education in Brooklyn, and can often be found at a local cafe buried in the footnotes of a new book on Hebrew Bible or Second Temple Literature.
Lior Zalmanson is a writer, new media artist, curator and researcher, whose works mostly focus on the digital culture and the information society. His first play, Yingale, won the Haifa Fringe festival in 2009 and received a local production in Belgrade by the former Serbian minister of culture, Bratislav Petković. His latest works were portrayed in the Israel Museum, Tzavta Theater, Hansen house and the Jerusalem Film Festival. In 2011, Lior founded Print Screen Festival, Israel’s digital arts festival, which connects thousands of artists, researchers and technologists and explores themes of digital culture in cinema and the audio-visual arts. Lior is a Fulbright visiting scholar to NYU, researching engagement and knowledge sharing dynamics in online and offline environments.
LABA is a laboratory for Jewish culture in which we use classic Jewish texts to inspire the creation of new art. Developed by the 14th Street Y in 2007, LABA programming includes a house of study, artist fellowship program and LABAlive, a series of performances, public events, and gallery shows for children and adults.
This year LABA’s theme is BEAUTY. Through the study of the ancient Jewish canon, we explore the intersection of beauty and equality. Each artist will have an individual response to beauty, which is expressed through their artistic process and unique aesthetic.
About The 14th Street Y
The 14th Street Y serves over 20,000 people annually with a variety of community programs. The 14th Street Y is proud to be a part of Educational Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a 126-year history of serving New Yorkers downtown.