Ellen Kushner on Stage

The Klezmer Nutcracker

The Klezmer Nutcracker, a theatrical adaptation of Ellen Kushner’s book The Golden Dreydl, now is onstage through January 3 at the Vital Theater in New York City.

Kushner herself appears in the production, and also discusses the development of her story from book, to radio, and now to theater.

The full press release appears after the jump.

[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the link.]

The Klezmer Nutcracker

The Vital Theater and Ellen Kushner have adapted her book The Golden Dreydl into a theatrical play:

Sara is miserable at the family Chanukah party. But when mysterious Tante Miriam (played by Ellen herself) arrives with the gift of a Golden Dreydl, everything changes. The Dreydl, an enchanted princess in disguise, whirls Sara away on an exciting adventure through a magical world. A delightful holiday tale for everyone, that weaves together threads of folklore and tradition with fantasy and humor.

WHEN: December 6th through January 3rd

Shows run weekends at 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m., some weekdays at 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. (the later shows are ideal for adult audiences)–check the calendar for additional performances

WHERE: Vital Theatre Company

2162 Broadway, 4th Floor (at 76th Street)


Get tickets online at: www.vitaltheatre.org or call 212-579-0528

In addition to performing in each show (except for the Dec 20 shows), Ellen Kushner will discuss the development of her story from a Klezmer-inspired public radio special to illustrated children’s book to Vital’s full-fledged theatrical production after the 7 p.m. shows on Thursday, December 18 and Monday, December 22.

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