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Poison Cookie (Subtitled)

Rebecca Joy FletcherFilmed at South London Limmud

Have you ever seriously thought about the vital role musical satire has played in social change, and what a legacy musical satire is for us Jews? That’s my passion, and that’s what I’ll share with you today, all through the lens of European-Jewish cabaret between the wars. In addition, you’ll get to hear me perform a wild 1937 cabaret song (with new English lyrics by Stephen Mo Hanan and musical arrangement by Bob Goldstone, a song originating from Warsaw’s Yiddish language cabarets) all the while wearing a Hassid’s hat. What more could you ask for? Come on: let’s devour some “poison cookies” together!

Rebecca Joy Fletcher is a Brooklyn-based theater artist (playwright/performer/producer) as well as a Jewish educator and cantor. Over the past ten years, she has become recognized as a leading expert in the field of European-Jewish cabaret. Highlights include: Kleynkunst!, the smash off Broadway hit of 2008 and Cities of Light, which has been presented at theatres, synagogues, and nightclubs around the world. Upcoming projects include Rebecca’s musical Nightingale; a Yiddish tango show, and a cabaret collaboration with Belgian theater artist Noemi Schlosser which will premier in November 2012 at La Vieille Grille Theatre in Paris. Rebecca is a sought after lecturer and guest-teacher at academic institutions and adult learning centers around the world. She serves as vice president of the Association for Jewish Theater, and is a proud member of New York City’s award-winning Kabarett Kollectif, ROI, the American Conference of Cantors, and the Dramatists Guild.

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