Exile: Kisses on Both Cheeks

March 18-28, 2017

A Jewish immigrant story that is rarely told on stage. Until now.  The Sephardic legacy of family, community, and country, looking for home more than 500 years after the expulsion from Spain.

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THE PROGRAM

Adapted & Produced by Ronda Spinak
Directed by Susan Morgenstern South Bay Producer Liz Altman
Bay Area Producer Carol Kirsh
Assistant Directed by Michelle Altman
Dramaturge Lisa Rosenbaum
Literary Manager Suzanna Kaplan
Assistant Producer Barbara Koletsky
Associate Producers Susie Yuré & Rose Ziff

Underwritten by the Maurice Amado Foundation

Ocho Kandelikas
Music and Lyrics by Flory Jagoda. Performed by AJ Meijer.

Ways to Recognize a ‘Sephardic Jew-ess’ – adapted from
The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature (Schocken Books, 2005). Written by Ruth Knafo Setton.
Performed by Lisa Cirincione & AJ Meijer.

Living Between the Question Marks #1
Written by Ruth Knafo Setton. Performed by Abbe Meryl Feder.

The Last Seder – adapted from The Schocken Book of Modern Sephardic Literature (Schocken Books, 2005).
Written by André Aciman. Performed by AJ Meijer.

Becoming American – adapted from an interview by Ronda Spinak.
Written by Gladys Moreau. Performed by Wendy Colman Levin, AJ Meijer, & Abbe Meryl Feder.

Differences
Assembled from the internet. Performed by the ensemble.

A Sephardi Air – adapted from Traveling Heavy (Duke University Press, 2013).
Written by Ruth Behar. Performed by Abbe Meryl Feder & AJ Meijer.

Nameless Daughter – adapted from Sephardic-American Voices (Brandeis University Press, 1997).
Written by Ruth Behar. Performed by Lisa Cirincione.

Adio Querida
Traditional Ladino Song. Performed by Lisa Cirincione & AJ Meijer.

The Magic of Mimouna – adapted from Don’t Get Me Started (Jewish Journal Books, 2011).
Written by David Suissa. Performed by AJ Meijer.

Before
Written by Ruth Knafo Setton. Performed by Wendy Colman Levin & AJ Meijer.

Return to India
Written by Rahel Musleah. Performed by Lisa Cirincione, Wendy Colman Levin, & Abbe Meryl Feder.

Both Jewish and Arabic – adapted from Sephardic-American Voices (Brandeis University Press, 1997).
Written by Herb Hadad. Performed by AJ Meijer & Lisa Cirincione,

Knowing
Written by Lisa Klug. Performed by Abbe Meryl Feder.

My Cathartic Sephardic Song
Written by Betty Goldstein. Performed by Wendy Colman Levin & ensemble.

Temporarily Lost in Translation
Written by Lisa Klug. Performed by Lisa Cirincione.

Living Between the Question Marks #2
Written by Ruth Knafo Setton. Performed by the ensemble.

ARTIST BIOS

ANDRÉ ACIMAN (Writer) teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and is the director of both the Center for the Humanities and the Writers’ Institute. He is the author of Out of Egypt: A Memoir; False Papers; Alibis; and four novels: Call Me by Your Name, Eight White Nights, Harvard Square, and Enigma Variations. He is the coauthor and editor of Letters of Transit and of The Proust Project and the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship from the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. A contributor to The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, and The New York Review of Books, he has also appeared in several volumes of Best American Essays. His forthcoming essay collection is entitled Homo Irrealis.

MICHELLE ALTMAN (Assistant Director) grew up in the So