Sivan Hadari's award-winning, one woman show; The Emancipation of a Sassy Jewish Woman returns to its New York roots as part of the Times Square Spring Theatre Festival on April 14th & 15th of this year. The performance is based on Hadari's personal exodus, as a modern day gypsy, traveling through America, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, India, China and Thailand in search of a home. The audience is taken on a journey back to the time when Hadari's family were Jewish immigrants fleeing Tunisia, to a little girl praying at a Yeshiva in Brooklyn, to a trailer in a settlement over-looking Jericho, to a secret beach at the Dead Sea, all in the name of liberation. "I wrote the show after a very traumatic experience I had gone through and I was ready to leave the art world for good.", says Hadari, "but instead of giving up, I decided to share my story in hopes that it would inspire others to keep following their own dreams". And inspire it did.
In 2010, 'Emancipation' won the award for Best Solo Debut after it was accepted into The United Solo Festival at Theatre Row. This April, Hadari brings back this award winning show to the Heart of Times Square.
About the artist: Sivan Hadari is an Israeli-American actress, producer and television host. She is the founder of Isramerica; a non-profit organization that supports emerging New York based Israeli and Jewish-American artists. Hadari is a graduate of the prestigious Bet Zvi Conservatory in Ramat-Gan, was a member of The Masach Rishon Israeli Theatre Company for five years and attended The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. She has performed on various stages in the US and through-out Israel. Hadari also produces commercials for the Israeli Network Channel in NYC and in 2010 she co-produced and associate produced the shows NO EXIT, SABRA, A Daughter of Israel, World Extravadanza, J-SLAM and ISRAFEST - an Israeli Music Festival in collaboration with Rami Kleinstein. Her one woman show, The Emancipation of the Sassy Jewish Woman won the award for BEST SOLO DEBUT at The United Solo Festival at Theatre Row in 2010. She is presently an on-site reporter, covering the Jewish Cultural scene in New York City for Shalom TV and is serving as Marketing Director for various productions in NYC.
About the Director: Charlotte Cohn has directed plays and operas at Primary Stages, MTC, the Baltimore Playwrights' Festival, The New School for Drama and Liederkrantz Opera. As an actress Charlotte has performed in La Boheme and Coram Boy on Broadway, Regional work has included - A.C.T.: Happy End, CENTERSTAGE: The Boys From Syracuse, The Murder of Isaac, THE Prince Music Theatre: A Night in the Old Marketplace, NSMT: Nine, PEAK PERFORMANCES: Uncivil Wars- Moving with Brecht and Eisler. Film/TV – Dandelion Man; Little Kings; The Danish Play; God in the Machine; Guiding Light. Charlotte is an Ovation Award Winner and was nominated for the Bay Area Critics' Circle Award for her performance as 'Hallelujah Lil' in Happy End at A.C.T.
THE EMANCIPATION OF THE SASSY JEWISH WOMAN will take place at 10:30pm on Saturday, April 14th and 8:30pm on Sunday April 15th at The Little Times Square Theatre at Roy Arias Studios located at 300 West 43rd Street New York, N.Y.
Tickets are $18 online at: http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showcode=ema1B6.