Joe Papp at the Ballroom

Professor Miriam and Avi Hoffman Programs


Joseph Papp, visionary founder of Shakespeare in the Park and the NY Shakespeare Festival/ Public Theatre, gave only one public concert in his entire illustrious career. Recounting his Brooklyn Yiddish upbringing, his controversial political struggles and his revolutionary reconceiving of the creative process, this concert encapsulates the brilliant life of the greatest American Theatre icon of the 20th century. In this World Premiere musical performance, world-renowned actor Avi Hoffman adapts and recreates the singular concert given by legendary Broadway impresario Joe Papp at the Ballroom in Soho in 1978.


AVI HOFFMANCEO of Yiddishkayte Initiative
CEO Avi Hoffman is a world-famous actor, who specializes in Jewish culture and Yiddish theater. His long-running “Too Jewish” trilogy has been seen by millions on PBS and in venues around the world. He has produced and presented shows
throughout North America, Europe and Israel. International Festivals include Romania, Poland, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Tel-Aviv and other European cities and countries. His connections in the theater, entertainment and film communities
are extensive. He has received a Congressional Award and was named a “Sage” by The New York Times. Both he and his mother were recently inducted into the Bronx Hall of Fame.
MIRIAM HOFFMANFounder / Professor of Yiddishkayte Initiative
Professor Miriam Hoffman is a world renowned scholar of Jewish and Yiddish culture, with a 60-year academic career that includes 25 years as professor of Yiddish language and Jewish culture at Columbia University. Her 700-page “Key to Yiddish” textbook is a standard for Yiddish educators worldwide. She is an award-winning playwright, author, and columnist for The Forward, having published thousands of articles over 35 years. Her collaboration with the late Broadway impresario Joseph Papp allowed for the creation
of a Yiddish Theater bearing his name.

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