Although director, Alison Schamberger made the decision to update this play from its original period of the 1980s, it remains an old-fashioned love story that does not depend on Facebook, Twitter, online dating sites or any of the other modern paraphernalia of dating. It’s about the Jewish culture fighting for preservation by keeping its traditions of food, worship, and matchmaking with the belief that “loneliness is a sickness” as a central theme.
Joseph Stein wrote in Fiddler on the Roof “A bird may love a fish but where would they build a home together?” which seems to illustrate the importance of choosing someone with whom you share a common heritage and set of values to be your life’s mate.
- So what draws Izzy to her grandmother’s apartment week after week?
- Do contemporary equivalents of matchmakers exist?
- What are the implications of Sam’s story of the hat?
Join director Alison Schamberger and some of the cast of Crossing Delancey immediately after the show on Friday, January 27th, 2017 for an informal chat about how she worked with the cast to prepare for the immigrant experience, re-inventing yourself and different “hats”.
There is no additional charge for the Director’s Talk, just stay in your seats or move up a bit closer to the stage. The session will last approximately 20 minutes.