“A Klezmer’s Tale” was one of the early productions of my artistic directorship of the Folksbiene (NYTF). It was a collaboration with Eleanor Reissa, the director, with Mina Bern in the cast. Frank London was enlisted to work on the music with me and we created a score based on folksongs that would be interpolated into the text. For this 1999 production the English title, “A Klezmer’s Tale” was created. The original title of the play is “Yoshke Muzikant,” by Osip Dimov. I had created the music for an earlier Folksbiene production in 1973. Back then the great actor and director Joseph Buloff and his wife Luba Kadison adapted, starred, and directed the “Yoshke Muzikant” production. That was when the Folksbiene theater was still in The Forward building at 175 East Broadway.
For an archived review in the Columbia Daily Spectator (December 8. 1999) click here.