Sholem Aleikhem. Peace on you.
That’s how we say hello in the #Yiddish language.
My name is Avi Hoffman and in the past year I was honored to receive a Drama Desk Award nomination for my portrayal of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman in Yiddish.
Yiddish is a 1000 year old Jewish language and as a child of #Holocaust survivors, it was my #mameloshn, my mother tongue.
My portrayal and the entire production received high acclaim (NY Times). Now we've been invited to present a new version at the Ashkenaz Yiddish Festival in Toronto, Canada between August 31st through September 10th, 2016.
12 cast members and a full crew.
Less than a month from now.
We have received significant support, but we find ourselves nearly short of our goal and so I am reaching out to you and your friends to help us.
… you become convinced that Miller had to have had in mind that this family not only was Jewish, but actually did speak Yiddish at home …
- The Rogovoy Report
My mother Miriam (recently retired Yiddish Professor at Columbia University) and I have reestablished the Joseph Papp Yiddish Theatre , an organization created in the 80’s by the famous Broadway theatre icon, and for which I was privileged to serve as artistic director.
Joe Papp (Yosl Papirovsky) wanted us to show the world how important Yiddish has been to American mainstream culture and how contemporary and meaningful modern Yiddish theatre could be.
Avi Hoffman’s performance as Willy Loman in the Yiddish interpretation of “Death of a Salesman” stands among the best of Willy Lomans in the history of Arthur Miller’s classic. Hoffman’s Loman is fascinating.
- New York Calling
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman was translated in 1949 by renowned American and Yiddish actor Joseph Buloff. In Yiddish, this most iconic and assimilated of American plays, became a story of a Yiddish speaking Jewish #immigrant family striving to pursue the American dream. The tragedy of Willy Loman is elevated to an even higher universal and contemporary level, as we see the plight of a refugee struggling to adjust to an American society that frowns on those who are ‘different’, an issue the entire world is still struggling with. Many academics and theatre professionals like David Mamet believe that this was Arthur Miller’s original intention all along.
Avi Hoffman is easily one of the best Willy Lomans I’ve ever seen.
- Peter Filicia on Friday