Comedy renegades Sandra Bernhard and Iris Bahr are just two of the headliners at the Chutzpah Festival, announced today and scheduled for October 24 to November 24.
Traditionally held in February-March, the celebration of Jewish culture now moves to the fall with its Canadian and international programming of comedy, theatre, dance, music, and more.
It will also mark the last Chutzpah run by artistic managing director Mary-Louise Albert, a former professional dancer who has helmed the eclectic event for the past 15 years.
“I’m overjoyed to be able to showcase such important, illuminating, and multi-disciplinary works at this year’s Festival, and proud to have shared so much with Vancouver audiences,” Albert said in today’s announcement.
Actor, comedian, and singer Bernhard performs her music-filled solo show Quick Sand on Halloween night at the Vogue Theatre. The queer-TV trailblazer, who played one of sitcom’s first LGBT characters on Roseanne, most recently starred in the Ryan Murphy drag-ball drama series Pose on FX.
Bahr, a well known character actor from shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm and a director, writer, comedian, and podcast host, performs November 12 and 13 at Chutzpah’s main hub, the Norman and Annette Rothstein Centre. The show will recap some of her character work and features segments from her solo off-Broadway hit DAI (enough).
In another laugh- and song-filled one-person performance, London-based broadcaster and musical storyteller Daniel Cainer marks the Canadian premiere of his Gefilte Fish and Chips, featuring personal tales about what it’s like to be both Jewish and British. His show opens the fest at the Rothstein on October 24.
At the same venue, guitarist and composer Gary Lucas plays live soundtracks to the classic films Spanish Dracula and Frankenstein on October 30. In a similar vein, November 23 sees The Rescue: A Live Film Concerto, the screening of a documentary about a little known Salvadoran hero who helped save Jewish people during the Holocaust, with a score performed by musicians.
And on-stage, look for The Diary of Anne Frank LatinX, Jewish-American director Stan Zimmerman’s new take on the famed story, giving it a modern twist that creates on Hispanic families hiding from ICE in the U.S. (November 6 to 8 at the Rothstein). At the WISE Hall, local talents Geoff Berner and TJ Dawe debut a new stage musical called The Trombonik Returns to New Chelm (November 1).
And on the dance roster, look for ProArteDanza’s The 9th, inspired by Ludwig Van Beethoven’s masterpiece; MM Contemporary Dance’s Gershwin Suites and Schubert Frames; and UNA Projects’ Coloring.
There’s more; find details and ticket info here.