National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Presents Hannah Senesh
An award-winning playwith music and song–Based on her own diaries and poems, thestory of a heroic young woman who risked everythingto save Jews fromthe Holocaust–
Fresh fromthe stellarsuccess of Fiddler on the Roofin Yiddish, theNational Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF), winner of a 2019 Drama Desk Award,will present Hannah Senesh, an award-winning play based on the diaries and poems of a heroicyoungwoman who risked her life to save European Jews from the Holocaust, and who paid the ultimate price.Hannah Seneshwill be performed from July 29 throughAugust 18at the Museum of Jewish Heritage –A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, Edmond J. Safra Plaza, 36 Battery Place, NYC. Tickets for previews start at $39, regular season tickets start at $49and are available at www.nytf.org.Hannah Seneshwill be performed in English.The performance is part of NYTF’s season of “Spiritual Resistance,” which featuresartistic and theatrical works that explore themes of struggle against oppression. The programming provides artistic expression concurrent withthe exhibition Auschwitz: Not long ago. Not far away.being presented at the Museum of Jewish Heritage –A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.
The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbienewon a 2019 Drama Desk Award for its work last season.Presented with music and song, this one-woman show tells the true story of Hannah Senesh, one of many Jews who escaped from Axis-allied Hungary in 1939 to the safety of British Mandate Palestine. There she joined Haganah and then bravely volunteered for a daring Special Operations mission to parachute back into Europe to save Jews from Nazi hands. She was ultimately caught by Nazi forces, tortured, and executed at the age of 22. Despite these circumstances, she refused to betray her companions.Hannah’s story and indomitable spirit, along with the moving diary and poetry that she left behind,serve as an enduring inspiration to people everywhere standing up to the powers of hatred and oppression.
The play, written and directed by David Schechter, wasoriginally developed in collaboration with Lori Wilner, the actress who first played Hannah onstage in 1984. The script, adapted from Hannah Senesh’s diaries, was translated from the Hungarianby Marta Cohn and Peter Hay. Music for HannahSeneshwas composed and arranged by Steven Lutvak.
Lexi Rabadi plays Hannah Seneshin this production. A graduate of Pace University, with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Arts & Entertainment Management, her credits include roles as:Laura in The Glass Menagerie, Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast(Fulton Theatre), Chava in Fiddler on the Roof(Maine State Music Theatre), Belle/Mrs. Fred in A Christmas Carol(Actor’s Theatre of Louisville), and Rabbi in Angels in America(Pace University). “This astonishing true story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit,”saidNYTF Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek. “I can think of no better work to embody our current season’s theme of Spiritual Resistance.” “This production is, in essence, about the willpower of a single human being”said NYTF Associate Artistic Director Motl Didner. “Lexi Rabadi is the perfect actor to channelthe real-life Hannah Senesh’s courage and force of will in the face of overwhelming evil.”
The Creative Team includesCourt Watson, Scenic Designer; Izzy Fields, Costume Designer; Vivien Leone,Lighting Designer; Kenneth Goodwin, Sound Designerand Stephanie Gonzalez, Props Master. Jamibeth Margolis, CSAis the casting Director/General Manager. EmilyPaigeBallouis the AEA Stage Managerand Britni Serranoisthe Production Manager.NYTF’sproduction of Fiddler on the Roofin Yiddish sold out for six months before moving to an Off-Broadwaytheater uptown. It has won a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and a New YorkDrama Critics’ Circle Award special citation and has been nominated for Lucille Lortel Awards, Drama League Awards, a Chita Rivera Award, and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award.Hannah Seneshwill preview on July 24 -28, with21performances July 29 –August 18, 2019.Hannah Seneshwill be performed in English.
For tickets to Hannah Senesh, andother performancesin NYTF’s season of “Spiritual Resistance,” visit NYTF.org or call 212-213-2120 Ext. 200. For group sales and membership call212-213-2120 Ext. 204
New York Jewish Guide