Living History: Rudi Rosenfeld + Moshe Yassur (Romania) on Yiddish Theatre
Rudi Rosenfeld, the last living Yiddish-speaking Romanian Jewish actor, joins internationally-known Romanian director of Yiddish theatre Moshe Yassur for this special Segal evening of recollection and reflection on the past, present, and future of Yiddish theatre in Romania and around the world. Rosenfeld, Yassur, and their guests will discuss the unique case of Romanian Yiddish-language theatre: vibrant from the late nineteenth century onwards and banned during World War II, it was consecrated in 1948 by the post-Antonescu Communist government in the form of the world’s first state-operated Yiddish theatre. That theatre is still in operation in Bucharest and features primarily non-Jewish Romanian actors performing in Yiddish. Moshe Yassur, whose career in Yiddish Theatre has spanned six decades, and his guests will compare this unique history with stories of Yiddish theatre from other countries, ending with thoughts on the future of Yiddish theatre.