During the first 1/4 of The Immigrant, Haskell speaks only Yiddish. (I don't speak Yiddish, so I had to learn that phonetically thanks to a terrific coach, Motl Didner.) As Haskell begins to learn English, there's an accent that starts off quite heavy and modulates over time. So that's all technically pretty tricky. Learn More
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In addition to studying with a coach to get his Yiddish and accent correct, Pelteson also spent time studying pogroms and the first-hand accounts of those who arrived in America at the turn of the century. Learn More
Although a play at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick is set in the early 20th-century, its story of a Russian Jew’s flight from persecution and struggle to find acceptance in America has modern resonance. Learn More
Ever since the High Priestess of Soul was called home to join the ancestors in 2003, her legacy has endured throughout pop culture. And that’s a good thing. Just ask Laiona Michelle—who wrote and stars in the new show, Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical.... Learn More