I can finally share with you the first video I'm releasing from my May 10 show Jewnique, performed at the Al Green Theatre in downtown Toronto. In fact, this might be the only video I publicly release, because I may stage the show again in Toronto in late '18 or early '19 and I'm not a fan of videos of spoiling the surprise of a one-hour theatre show.
This segment from Jewnique is my profile of Cantor Moshe Kraus, the youngest cantor (liturgical leader) in history, and a survivor of the Holocaust. He lives in Ottawa with his wife Rivkah.
I wanted to stake new ground in theatre/spoken word by introducing the concept of "performance journalism", whereby i blend my journalistic techniques with my storytelling experience. In a way, I'd be performing the articles I'd normally write for magazines, for whom I have written hundreds of profiles.
But by linking these profiles of inspiring Jewish Canadians, and adding the theme of my disenchantment with Judaism, I was able to give the audience a peek into the conflicts I have with my own faith. And that wasn't an easy thing to do.
So I hope you enjoy this profile from Jewnique, and feel free to contact me anytime if you want to share any feedback or have ideas of where the show should be staged next.
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