Centenary Stage Company presents J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files
February 12 through 15, 2015
Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center
715 Grand Ave
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Tickets are available online beginning July 21st.
VIP ticket packages are available now by calling 908-979-0900.
J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files will be presented by Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown, NJ in February of 2015.
We are accepting donations to defray costs of mounting and documenting this work. Supporters will received thank-you gifts such as CDs of their choice from Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos.
Tax-deductible donations are possible through our presenter. Please contact Eve Sicular at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 212 475 4544 to discuss this option.
J. EDGAR KLEZMER: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files is a musical documentary theater adventure, researched and written by grandchild and bandleader Eve Sicular. From klezmer to Kodaly to jazz, baroque to boogie woogie to gospel, and a New York Times clipping on Hazel Scott’s cancelled TV show to derelict theories of homosexuality, J. Edgar Klezmer’s exploration of surveillance files leads in even more directions than the Department of Justice could have foreseen.
J. Edgar Klezmer premiered to a sold-out house at Dixon Place in November 2008 and immediately became a Time Out NY Critics Pick.
The show is based on the true story of the late Dr. Adele Sicular, grandmother of Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos drummer & bandleader Eve Sicular. Using documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act filing, plus myriad other archival findings, and combined with family gossip, this piece investigates the dealings of the FBI and Eve’s pianist / psychiatrist / activist grandma through live theater, multi-media projections, and live music.
The show was again presented in June, 2009 by The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan and in February the same year at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck, New Jersey.
PERFORMERS: Soprano Melissa Fogarty, vocals; Eve Sicular, drums; Pam Fleming, trumpet and flugelhorn; Debra Kreisberg, clarinet and alto sax; Shoko Nagai, accordion and piano; Reut Regev, trombone; with Moe Angelos and Yelena Shmulenson
Development and performances of J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files received support from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, Third Street Music School Settlement, New York Theatre Workshop, and the Sparkplug Foundation.
Video excerpts are now available for presenters requesting previews of J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files. Email Eve Sicular.