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J. EDGAR KLEZMER: Songs from My Grandmother's FBI Files

About the show

J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother's FBI Files is a musical documentary theater adventure, researched and written by grandchild and bandleader Eve Sicular (Isle of Klezbos/Metropolitan Klezmer). From klezmer to Kodaly to jazz, baroque to boogie woogie to gospel, from a New York Times clipping on Hazel Scott's cancelled TV show to derelict theories of homosexuality, J. Edgar Klezmer's exploration of surveillance files lead in even more directions than the Department of Justice could have foreseen. The fabulous five-woman cast features actress Yelena Shmulenson (Coen Brother: A Serious Man; Boardwalk Empire; Orange is the New Black), lead vocalist Melissa Fogarty (New York City Opera, Seattle Baroque), under the direction of Gwenyth Reitz.


J. Edgar Klezmer is based on the true story of the late Dr. Adele Sicular, grandmother of drummer, lyricist/composer and bandleader Eve Sicular. Using documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act filing, plus myriad of other archival findings and family gossip, this piece investigates the dealings of the FBI and Adele- pianist/psychiatrist/activist- during the McCarthy Era and beyond, through live theater, multi-media projections, and live band.


Written and composed by Eve Sicular

Directed by Gwenyth Reitz

Lead Vocals by Melissa Fogarty

Drums, Eve Sicular

Clarinet/Saxophone, Debra Kreisberg

Piano Accordian, Shoko Nagai

Performed by Yelena Shmulenson

Stage Manager Kacey Stamats

Assistant Stage Manager Emilio Madrid-Kucer

Lighting Design by Jeanette Yew

Main photo by Rosa Jurjevics, additional images by Gwenyth Reitz


June 4 - 7

Thurs - Sun @ 7pm

Sun also @ 2pm

$25 General | $20 Students/Seniors

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