In July, “The Kaleidoscope Showcase” directed by the “Hebrew Mamita” Vanessa Hidary will bring experiences about the colorful spectrum of Jewish lives spoken by the people that live them to the Theater at the 14th Street Y. We spoke with Vanessa about “Kaleidoscope” and her own journey as a story-teller using her background to both educate and entertain.
What is “Kaleidoscope?”
The Kaleidoscope Showcase is a theatrical storytelling journey designed to help Jews explore their diverse racial and ethnic Jewish identities, through monologues, stories and spoken-word.
Why this type of project now?
Jews have been ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse, since ancient times, but now we’ve reached a moment in time where people are more open to acknowledge that reality and nuance their understandings of what a Jew looks like.
Tell us about the “Hebrew Mamita.”
A Sephardic/Ashkenazie smoothie. NYC born and bred, and fortunate enough to have been raised alongside the many cultures that made up the old upper West Side. A passionate storyteller who strives to foster stories that live outside the box.
Why is the oral tradition and story-telling so important now or so important to the Jewish identity?
I firmly believe the personal monologue opens up our ears and hearts through what has been referred to as “edutainment”: The act of learning through a medium that both educates and entertains.
What should we expect to see at “Kaleidoscope?”
A colorful tapestry of Jews and unique personal stories.
What kind of artists and speakers will be sharing their stories?
Artists willing to take a risk. Some of whom have never performed their own work before, and are ready to share their stories.
You can see “The Kaleidoscope Showcase” at the Theater at the 14th Street Y July 15th, 16th, & 19th.
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