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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. 

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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.

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


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