All in the Family

Sunday, July 13th at 4pm

The story’s lead characters are Bessie and Boris Thomashefsky, grandparents of Michael Tilson Thomas. Bessie and Boris emigrated to the United States from Eastern Europe in the 1880s and, while still in their teens, began to play major roles in the development of American Yiddish theatre. For Jewish immigrants of the late 19th and early 20th Century who settled on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Yiddish theatre was central to their lives. It replaced touchstones of Eastern European life - the village marketplace, the temple, the rabbi - and provided a stage for the new ideas that were shaping the psychological, emotional, moral and educational transition to a new, American way of life.