Theater Notebook: San Diego Rep’s ‘Before Fiddler’ normally takes Felder and organization on the highway to Italian Riviera

On Sunday, San Diego Repertory Theatre will host the world premiere of “Before Fiddler — Stay from Florence,” Hershey Felder’s sixth audio-filled engage in streamed reside from his dwelling in Florence, Italy, given that past May.

Supporters accustomed to the playwright/actor’s solo displays hope to see him enjoying piano as he tells the story of a famous composer. But “Before Fiddler” is a 1st in several strategies. Streaming are living at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, is about the famous 19th-century Yiddish writer and playwright Sholem Aleichem, who was known in his day as the “Jewish Mark Twain.” A number of of his semi-autobiographical stories about Tevye the milkman inspired the Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Felder will portray Aleichem, but for this creation, most of the songs will be performed by Klezmerata Fiorentina, a klezmer quartet of symphony musicians who stay in Florence. And for the initially time the play will not just take location in Florence. Felder moved his manufacturing crew to Nervi, a small town on the Italian Riviera, to the precise locale wherever Aleichem lived and wrote from 1908 to 1912.

About the earlier many demonstrates, Felder has slowly expanded the range of showcased performers. For “Before Fiddler,” he has solid his spouse, former Canadian Key Minister Kim Campbell, and two of his manufacturing workforce staff members, Trevor Hay and Erik Carstensen, in filmed scenes. And Klezmerata fiddler Igor Polesitsky has an expanded part as Stempenyu, the unique fiddler from the Tevye stories.

Felder co-directs the output, which will combine movie with some stay things. In get to provide so lots of people jointly for the scenes, Felder reported in an electronic mail that he worked in a COVID-risk-free bubble with testing, temperature-taking and masks each time the digicam wasn’t operating. Tickets are $55. An expanded ticket deal will provide Rep audiences a Zoom conference with Felder and a movie about Felder’s possess existence for $180. Pay a visit to

San Diego Opera to host 2nd hack function

San Diego Opera has introduced ideas for a next Opera Hack, subsequent the results of the inaugural function in 2019, which yielded lots of ideas for utilizing reducing-edge technologies to modernize the manufacturing and efficiency of operas in America.

For the initial Opera Hack, 40 multidisciplinary experts from around the nation submitted 16 proposals to a panel of tech and theater advisers. 3 tips have been preferred to share $40,000 in funding from Opera The usa to develop their tips more than the class of just one year. For the future hack, San Diego Opera is undertaking an industrywide study to establish the most significant issues the opera world is dealing with.

Opera Hack 2. will be created practically this 12 months by way of online conferences from June 4 by way of July 2. The profitable proposals will divide $15,000 in growth funding. Applications to take part are being accepted via April 28.

San Diego Opera is looking for industry experts in the fields of specialized way, lighting style, composition, costume design and style, functionality, theater challenge administration, stage direction, scenic design, 3D printing, virtual, augmented, and mixed fact, creative coding, A.I. and device understanding, laptop vision and haptics, interactive theater and functionality artwork. For information, check out

‘Space Drive!’ becomes YouTube collection

Lonesome Whistle Productions, a san Diego theater corporation that specializes in solo exhibits, has revived its San Diego Fringe Competition strike comedy “Space Pressure!” with a month to month movie sequence that introduced Sunday on its social media channels.

Michael Shantz wrote the original “Space Drive!” comedy in 2019 about a wacky police criminal offense unit busting baddies on the Moon. For the reason that theaters are not able to generate onstage due to the pandemic, “Space Force” has been reimagined this yr as a electronic series known as “Space Force! Quarantine!” Every thirty day period, distinct artists will generate, carry out and movie on their own in a five-minute monologue. The films will riff on the topic of quarantining in outer space. New video clips will submit on the past working day of each and every month in 2021.

The inaugural online video stars Lonesome Whistle founder Tom Steward as Honeymustard Sanders, an android sending out a distress get in touch with about an outbreak of the “moronavirus” on a planet his spaceship is orbiting. The future video will be available on Feb. 28. To watch, visit Lonesome Whistle at, or on YouTube by hunting “Lonesome Whistle Productions.”

Rep to stream ‘Anna’ looking through

San Diego Rep and its Amigos del Rep system will existing a livestreamed looking at of Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2003 play “Anna in the Tropics” at 5 p.m. Feb. 15. A movie of that reading through will be readily available on the net nevertheless Feb. 18. Spend-what-you-can tickets start out at a prompt $10 donation. Stop by

Pam Kragen writes about theater for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Email her at [email protected]

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