Shlemiel the First (play)
"Shlemiel the First" is a musical adaptation of the stories of
Isaac Bashevis Singerabout a foolnamed "Shlemiel", set to traditional klezmer music. It was adapted by Robert Brusteinwith lyrics by Arnold Weinstein, and was originally produced in 1994 by the American Repertory Theatre[ [http://www.amrep.org/past/shlemiel/shlemiel.html ART Past Productions: Shlemiel the First] ] in Cambridge, Massachusettsand the American Music Theatre Festivalin Philadelphia[ [http://www.amrep.org/past/shlemiel/shlemiel.html Past Productions: Shlemiel the First ] ] .
The original production was edited, directed and choreographed by David Gordon [According to Alvin Klein, writing in the " [http://theater2.nytimes.com/mem/theater/treview.html?_r=2&res=990CE0D61E38F93AA35757C0A963958260&oref=slogin&oref=login New York Times] ": "It can be said that Singer is the original author, Mr. Brustein is the adapter and Mr. Gordon is the auteur."] with music adapted by
Hankus Netskyof the Klezmer Conservatory Bandand Zalman Mlotek. This production subsequently played at the Lincoln CenterSerious Fun Festival, the American Conservatory Theatrein San Francisco [ [http://www.act-sf.org/site/PageServer?pagename=about_history_production#1996 ACT Production History] ] , the Geffen Playhousein Los Angeles[ [http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117906270.html?categoryid=31&cs=1 Variety review] ] , and also toured theatres on the east coast of Floridaand in Stamford, Connecticut. [ [http://theater2.nytimes.com/mem/theater/treview.html?res=990CE0D61E38F93AA35757C0A963958260 'Shlemiel' Continues A Path to Broadway] ]
The play has also been produced at
Theater Jin Washington, D.C.[ [http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/07-08-season/shlemiel-the-first/shlemiel-the-first-main-page.html Theater Shlemiel the First] ] .
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