Tevye: As the good book says, when a poor man eats a chicken, one of them is sick.
Mendel: Where does the book say that?
Tevye: Well, it doesn’t say that exactly, but somewhere there is something about a chicken.
Fiddler on the Roof … 1971 … Its a great play. Me and the family all have parts in the play … It’s getting closer, and we still don’t have it together. I am Mendel, and I have some odd lines in response to the main character, Tevye; like the one above, about where the “book” says something about a poor man eating a chicken.
Fiddler on the Roof: maybe you have seen the movie, or the play, or maybe you have not. The story is quite different than most stories that you hear about in a play, or in a movie. There is great pain for the community of folks who live in Anatevka. The “Constable” is Russian and he has a number of goons with him all the time. The Constable comes to tell Tevye, the leader of the comuunity, that they are being kicked off their land, out of Anatevka. The people of Anatevka are heartbroken. But one thing about the people of Anatevka is that they are resilient; they are tough people, and beautiful, and passionate. Even through the conflict, the pain, the injustice.
Anyway, tonight I had someone take a picture of me, the Rabbi, and Lazar Wolfe. I thought you just might enjoy it.
We are doing the play in February, in about 3 weeks, Wednesday / Thursday / Friday. Friday is sold out; Thursday is close; but there are still some seats for Wednesday’s performance.