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Brooklyn resident is finalist in Yiddish playwriting contest

January 22, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Ethan Sirotko, a Brooklyn-based writer, is a finalist in the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbeine’s International David and Clare Rosen Memorial Play Contest. Photo by Janet Kaplan
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Brooklyn resident Ethan Sirotko has been chosen as a finalist in the National Yiddish Theatre, Folksbeine’s first-ever International David and Clare Rosen Memorial Play Contest.

His play, “The Last Act,” is about a feisty, successful Yiddish actress who was acclaimed for her work in the once-thriving Yiddish theater of pre-World War II Poland and the dying Yiddish theater of postwar America. When she meets the director who’s documenting her life, a clash of wills ensues.

Plays will be judged by a panel of Tony Award-winning and Broadway-producing playwrights, producers and directors, and the winner will be announced February. The winner’s play will be read at Folksbiene’s Centennial Celebrations Festival in June as part of Kulturefest. 

Sirotko, who is also a trial attorney and photographer, has acted in off-Broadway productions and has written several plays, screenplays, books of poetry and a book of short stories.

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For more information about the playwriting contest or National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, please visit . 

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