Hanukkah – Meet The Cast

Rebecca Garron

Chicago native Rebecca Garron has been acting, directing, doing voice-over work, and translating since she came to Germany in 1992. She founded the English-language Rover Rep Theater at Großneumarkt in 2003 and acted as artistic director until the theatre closed in 2013.
She has won several awards for acting and directing, including, most recently, Best Production for The Hunchback Variations at the 2018 FEATS festival, where the production took part under the auspices of The Hamburg Players. Couch Theatre is delighted to have Rebecca read three short stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer for our production of ‘Hanukkah’!

Hanukkah – Meet The Cast

Paul Baeyertz

Paul Baeyertz is a pianist who has been working many years in Hamburg.
He studied Music in his native New Zealand and in Australia.
In New Zealand he worked in theatre, played in bands and worked as an arranger.
In Germany he has worked as a repetiteur with ballet ensembles, including the Hamburg Ballet.
He teaches at the Stage School and the Freie Schauspielschule in Hamburg.
Now and then he has taken part in English language productions in this city, among them, Couch Theatre’s ‘O Tell Me The Truth About Love’ and now ‘Hanukkah’.

Who was Isaac Bashevis Singer?

Our next production, Hanukkah, is an afternoon filled with music, short stories and traditional jam doughnuts. Our 3 short stories, read by Rebecca Garron, were written by the prolific Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer. But who was he? Here are 10 facts about him:

1. You will probably know him mostly as the author of Yentl, the Yashiva Boy. The short story was made into a film in 1983. It was directed by and starred Barbra Streisand.

2. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978. He also won two US National Book Awards.

3. He was born Isaac Zynger in Poland in 1902 and died in Florida in 1991.

4. He wrote all his books and short stories in Yiddish.

5. Singer published 18 novels, 14 children’s books, essays, articles and 7 memoirs.

6. He was a vegetarian.

7. New York’s W 86th Street is named after him.

8. He moved to New York City from Poland in 1935.

9. His words were translated into 58 languages, but he was saddened that nearly all of his readers read his words in translation, due to the decline in popularity of Yiddish.

10. Zlateh the Goat, one of his most popular short stories will be a part of our afternoon on 22nd December 2019.

For tickets go to http://www.eventim.de

TICKET UPDATE: Couch Theatre’s presentation of Mark Lyndon’s Stress

UPDATE: We are thrilled to announce that the second evening (8th February 2020) is now also sold out (we added a second evening after 7th February 2020 show sold out). Ticketing for this event is now closed. We do, however, have a waiting list in case we have returned tickets. If you would like to be put on this list, then please contact us at Couchtheatre@web.de. We cannot, however, in any way, shape or form, guarantee tickets if your name is on this waiting list. You will only be guaranteed a ticket if you get a confirmation email from us stating that you have a ticket.

What is the history of Hanukkah?

Artwork: Alexander Rühl

Hanukkah is an 8-day long celebration of the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 165 BC following the victory of Jewish fighters over a huge Syrian army. The Temple, which had been taken over by Antiochus, ruler of the Syrians, had been violated and damaged. While the Jews were purifying and repairing the Temple, a miracle occurred. A tiny bit of oil for the holy lamp — barely enough for one day — lasted eight days. Source: archive.org.

Couch Theatre will be celebrating the first day of Hanukkah (22nd December 2019) at Tisch & Stuhl, Gaußstraße 60, in Hamburg Altona at 2.30 p.m. Traditionally, the menorah is lit at sundown at around 4 p.m.

Rebecca Garron will read some wonderful short stories from Isaac Bashevis Singer (including Zlateh The Goat) and will be accompanied on the piano by Paul Baeyertz. Director: Joana O’Neil.

This production is also very child-friendly, so bring your children along. They get the reduced price of €12 (plus booking fee). We will also be offering traditional jam doughnuts.

You can get tickets for this event via http://www.eventim.de

For more information, please contact us at : Couchtheatre@web.de

Copyright The Isaac Bashevis Singer Trust reading by permission of Liepman AG, Zurich.

Our Upcoming Productions

SEPTEMBER 2020

A New Case For Sherlock Holmes by Rob Quirk

Featuring Murder, Mayhem and Weasels!

A mysterious lady visitor sets in motion a chain of events involving blackmail, prostitution and murderous mayhem.

A dramatized reading performed live and in person by Mr Jason Couch, Ms Julie Spanswick and Mr Robin Quirk at Tisch & Stuhl, Gaußstraße 60, 22675 Hamburg on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th September 2020 at 7.30 pm.

Tickets €15,00 (reduced €12) plus booking fee now available via http://www.Eventim.com

Limited seating capacity, book early to avoid disappointment!