This Sunday, during the late afternoon and early evening, EgoPo Classic Theater will raise funds toward and get into the spirit of its 2011-2012 season, themed “Festival of Jewish Theater.” The season will be launched at EgoPo’s “Matzo Ball,” which will be held from 5 PM until 9 PM at the Academy of Vocal Arts, at 1920 Spruce Street in Center City.
The food at the Matzo Ball will include Eastern European-Ashkenzi favorites such as brisket, kasha, kugel and gravlax, as well as Israeli salad. (The food will be kosher-style; not actually certified kosher.). The event will also include an open wine and beer bar, Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to dance to music performed by Ken Ulansey’s Klezmer Duo, about which Philadelphia Magazine stated: “this band can get the crowd off its feet at any occasion.”
The event will also have silent and live auctions, featuring items such as a week at a three-bedroom house in Brigantine, New Jersey; a week-long condo stay in Delray Beach, Florida; fine art by Erte; and tickets to various cultural and sports event).
In conjunction with the “Festival of Jewish Theater” theme, next season’s productions will be The Diary of Anne Frank, The Golem and The Dybbuk. Regarding the play selections, Lane Savadove, EgoPo’s producing artistic director, commented “It’s a Philadelphia premiere of the new version of The Diary of Anne Frank. As for the others, they are two of the most important pieces in Yiddish theater, which is one of modern theater’s most important theater movements. Those two plays are amazing but rarely seen.”
EgoPo’s 2010-2011 season was performed in conjunction with the Paris-in-1911-themed Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA). Devoted to French Avant Garde and Theater of Cruelty, the season included Marat/Sade, Artaud Unbound and Hell.
Matzo Ballers who attended Marat/Sade and/or Hell might be amused to see the stars of those two productions, David Blatt and Ross Beschler, respectively, entertaining the crowd with a Borscht Belt-style comic routine, quite a change of pace from those two not-exactly-lighthearted productions.
Tickets, at $100 per person/$160 for two (use discount code “couple”), are available for purchase online or by calling 800-595-4TIX.
EgoPo, whose name means “the physical self,” relocated to Philadelphia from New Orleans in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina.