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based on "THE KING OF SCHNORRERS" by Israel Zangwill
book & lyrics by Robert Brustein
music by Hankus Netsky
directed by Matthew 'Motl' Didner
choreographed by Merete Muenter
Charles Mosesian Theater
FEB 7-MAR 8/2015

Robert Brustein’s THE KING OF SECOND AVENUE is a new musical with a lively klezmer score by composer Hankus Netsky. This world premiere comedy features a Romeo and Juliet love story set against the background of antagonistic Jewish sects in the Lower East Side of 1960s Manhattan. A wily Sephardic actor named Da Costa, now down on his luck, dupes Joseph E. Lapidus, a wealthy Hollywood producer, out of his clothes, money, groceries, and self-respect. All the while Da Costa’s lovely daughter Dolores is courted by both one of her father’s beggar companions and Lapidus’ ill-mannered son. THE KING OF SECOND AVENUE is a hilarious sequence of con-games, swindlings, and the search for true love.

New Repertory Theatre’s production of THE KING OF SECOND AVENUE wishes to thank the following donors:
Lucy Beldock
Paul & Kate Buttenwieser
Greg Carr
Ted Cutler
Robert Davoli & Eileen MacDonough
Bill & Lydia Edison
Jon Flint
Alan Friedberg
George & Liz Krupp
Pearl & Paul Levey
Doug Liman
Steve Martin Charitable Foundation
Charlie Marz
The Sholley Foundation
Jerry Slavet
Ted & Mary Wendell

Co-sponsored by Lillian Sober Ain.

This production is dedicated to the memory of George Flint.

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Jeremiah Kissel*

Joseph E. Lapidus

Jeremiah Kissel*

Joseph E. Lapidus

JEREMIAH KISSEL* returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in Fiddler on the Roof, Broken Glass, The King of Second Avenue, Imagining Madoff, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are DeadTwelfth Night, and Hard Times. Last season in Boston he also appeared in King Lear, Ulysses on Bottles, and Exposed. Screen credits include The Town, The FighterThe Great Debaters, Stronger, and Joy. He is the recipient of two Elliot Norton Awards (1990, 2014), two IRNEs, and the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence (2003).

Will LeBow

Da Costa

Will LeBow

Da Costa

WILL LeBOW* returns to New Repertory Theatre after performing in The King of Second Avenue. Recent credits include Awake and Sing (Huntington Theatre Company); and Act One (Lincoln Center Theater). As an American Repertory Theatre company actor he appeared in more than 55 productions over 17 seasons including The Merchant of Venice, Full Circle (Elliot Norton Award), Nocturne (Drama Desk Nomination), Endgame, Romance, Copenhagen, and Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Other credits include The Rivals, Love’s Labour’s Lost, and Sonia Flew (Huntington Theatre Company); Once in a Lifetime (American Conservatory Theater); and Casey at the Bat, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and world premieres of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Polar Express (Boston Pops). He is a veteran of 15 years with Shear Madness and three seasons with the Boston Shakespeare Company. Film and television credits include Act One (2015 release), Next Stop Wonderland, What Doesn’t Kill You, Second Sight, and six seasons as Stanley on Comedy Central’s Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist.

Creative Team
Jon Savageº, Scenic Designer
Jon Savageº

Scenic Designer

JON SAVAGE has designed The Gift HorseBroken Glass, The King of Second Avenue, Closer Than Ever, Imagining Madoff, The Elephant Man, and Holiday Memories at New Repertory Theatre. Other area credits include Out of Sterno (Gloucester Stage); A Disappearing Number (Underground Railway Theatre); M and Laughing Wild (Huntington Theatre Company); You for Me for You (Company One); The Farm and Deported/a dream play (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre); and All’s Well That Ends Well (Elliot Norton Award, Best Production) and The Comedy of Errors (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company). Regional credits include A Grand Night for Singing (Bucks County Playhouse); State Fair (Walnut Street Theatre); Is He Dead? (Olney Theatre); and Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Bay Street Theatre). Jon was the Associate Set Designer for the Broadway production of Hot Feet and has worked in television and film for productions on the History Channel and the HBO miniseries, John Adams. He also served as a curator for the US National Student Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial in 2007. He is currently on faculty at Boston University and is a member of United Scenic Artists. Originally from Wyoming, he resides in Weymouth.

*member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States



South Shore Critic on KING OF SECOND AVENUE


Pre-Production Press Images: THE KING OF SECOND AVENUE


First Rehearsal
“Meet and Greet” the cast, designers, crew, and New Rep staff, then hear a read-through or sing-through of the play.
Tuesday, January 20, Time TBA
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Sneak Peek
Attend 30 minutes of a working rehearsal with the director and cast followed by a conversation with New Rep artistic staff.
Wednesday, January 28 at 6:30pm
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Spotlight Symposium: The Traditions of Yiddish Theatre in America
Following the 4pm Sunday Preview of each production, theatre artists, area academics, and experts explore and discuss ideas related to the play and how they impact our world. Free and open to the public; no ticket purchase necessary to attend symposium.
Sunday, February 8 at 5:45pm
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Inside the Play
Learn more about the design and production elements that bring the play off the page and to life on stage.
Wednesday, February 18 at 6:30pm
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Weekday Matinee Performance
Thursday, February 26 at 2pm

Special Conversation
Join us on Sunday, March 8 at 3:45pm for a special talkback with Rabbi Moshe Waldoks, co-author of the Big Book of Jewish Humor, and New Rep Board member Dr. Jonathan Garlick as they discuss THE KING OF SECOND AVENUE. This event is free and open to the public. No ticket purchase necessary.