*Meeting Jano, Mary and Astrid (3 out of the 4 living children of Irene and Peter Bento) to interview them about their family history and their post-war memories. The interviews have been recorded and videotaped and will be used to further the research, and potentially make their way into the show.
*Visiting the Eschollbrucken Cemetery to pay respect to the people whose lives have inspired this show: Hans and Alice Danner, their daughter Irene and her husband Peter Storm share a grave with a small Star of David in an otherwise Christian cemetery. Stav said the Kaddish (Jewish mourners' prayer) over the grave in memory of the family.
*Visiting the Permanent Exhibit dedicated to the Lorchs in the Pfungstadt Museum. The exhibition displays artifacts spanning decades of the Lorch family circus history, with items ranging from photos of the Lorch Icarian Act performing with the Ringling Bros. Circus in Madison Square Garden 1909, Irene's original violin and Peter's makeup box from the 1940s, and the ladder their kids' used in their family act in the 1960s.
*Meeting Renate Dreesen, a researcher of the Pfungstad Jewish Community, to hear of her research and receive a copy of her book, in which she documented an exchange of letters between siblings Julius and Jeanette Lorch who were hiding in Belgium, and their sibling Arthur and Rudolph who stayed in Germany.
*Visiting the State Archive and The Pfungstadt Synagogue to collect information about the Jewish community pre-WWII and the Lorch Family history in the town.
*Visiting the Jewish Cemetery in Darmstadt, where most of Pfungstadt's Jewish population pre-WWII are buried, and paying a visit to the family patriarch Louis Lorch, original founder of the Lorch Icarian Act, and his daughter Jeanette. Louis died in 1924 while on tour in Argentina and his ashes were smuggled back to Germany in a circus wagon wheel!
*Visiting the Bento-Storms in their family compound, which has been the family's property for over 100 years. Outside the home are stumbling stones dedicated to members of the family who perished in the Holocaust.
*Stav presented her research in a hybrid lecture/performance titled "Forgotten Legacies for Present Day Audiences: Circus Jews Under National Socialism" at the University of Sheffield conference Circus and Beyond on May 11th.
The lecture/performance will also be presented this August at the Circus and Its Others conference in Prague as part of the Letni Letna Festival and is available for bookings in London (June), NYC (July and September) and Scotland (August).
If you want to hear the full lecture (15 minutes) please support us on our Pateron in whatever level is possible for you.
For further read, check out Stav's article on the website of Diverging Fates, an academic project on Traveling Circus People in Europe under National Socialism, as well as her new blog titled Circus Jews.
The Escape Act will spend Summer 2019 rehearsing in Finland at the Loviisa Artist Residency, then have its world premiere at the Kucku Festival under the theme TransFolk.
We are currently looking for residencies in NYC, London and Israel for the 2019-2020 season.
Folksbiene - National Yiddish Theatre Presents
THE MEGILE OF ITZIK MANGER
A MUSICAL SPECTACULAR
PLAYING APRIL 21 - MAY 12
Set in a spawned masquerade world of fantasy and delight, THE MEGILE OF ITZIK MANGER spins a reimagined twist on the familiar tale of biblical Queen Esther, filled with acrobatic thrills, magic, larger-than-life puppets, action, and dance.
OFF BROADWAY @ BARUCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
55 Lexington (enter 25th Street, between Lexington and 3rd)
April 21 through May 12 ONLY!
Tickets online: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/921430
Box Office: (646) 312-5073
And on a more personal note:
Not only do I act, sing and dance in this show, but I also have a gorgeous AERIAL SILKS ACT. You wanna see me fly, in all honesty.
Plus, it's not every day I get to share a stage with such an amazing cast, most of whom with Broadway credits (one is a Tony-Award nominee!), and the design is absolutely breathtaking - sets, costumes, props and puppets that will blow you away!
Use promotion code "yiddish20" for %20 discount. Hurry, we're almost sold out, and have only 3 more performances left:
TONIGHT Saturday 5/11/13 at 9:30pm
TOMORROW Sunday 5/12/13 at 2pm and 6pm
Looking forward to seeing you!
2/19/2013 - The Dreamer and The Acrobat opens TOMORROW!
Thursday 2/21 the adventure begins - Petite Mort Productions' The Dreamer and The Acrobat open at the Frigid Festival! For full details, including showtimes and location, press here.
Petite Mort Productions present:
THE DREAMER AND THE ACROBAT
By Stav Meishar
Performing as part of the 2013 FRIGID NY Festival
Thursday 2/21 -Saturday 3/2 - 3:40pm
at The Kraine Theater, 85 East 4th St, NY