Happy Birthday Langston Hughes

February 12, 2012 § Leave a comment

Paul Hecht‘s ongoing series celebrating the birthdays of poets with words and music continues this Monday with an evening devoted to the life and work of Langston Hughes. Hosted & directed by Hecht, featuring the mighty and sometimes mohawked Malesha Jessie, pianist Ellen Mandel, and actors Denise Burse, Michael Early and Phillip James Brannon.

Feb 13, 6pm. Visit our lovely website or call 212/989-9319 to make reservations.

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Paul Hecht’s Happy Birthdays

March 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Tonight in the underground, Paul Hecht, Anglo-Canadian stalwart of stage, screen and old-media airwaves, brings us the latest in his series of commemorative birthday celebrations for lovingly deceased authors. This evening’s show celebrates the life of yiddish author Sholem Aleichem, who lived and wrote in turn-of-the-century Eastern Europe, and from whose stories the musical Fiddler on the Roof is derived. Hecht, a longtime friend of Robin’s since post-war English JCC, began his series over four years ago with a reading and early music performances in honor of John Donne and has celebrated the lives of the writerly dead over a dozen times on the Cornelia stage. He has already begun preparation for April 26th’s celebration in honor of William Shakespeare.

Hecht is joined tonight by Isaiah Sheffer, co-founder and artistic director of Symphony Space, also a longtime devotee of Yiddish music and culture. Also appearing will be voice actor George Guidall, pianist Art Bailey, violinist Tanya Kalmanovich, and actress Bel Kaufman.

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