The one-woman show Rachel Calof, which the Pepperdine University Libraries presented in February, opens Friday in New York City as part of the 2011 New York City International Fringe Festival. It was one of 200 international productions selected for this year’s Festival, which blankets lower Manhattan with three weeks of shows during the month of August.
Rachel Calof, adapted from the memoir by the library’s own Ken LaZebnik, is the true story of a Jewish mail-order bride’s astonishing life in pioneer North Dakota. The production stars Kate Fuglei, (most recently seen in the company of the Broadway National Tour of Spring Awakening), with music and lyrics by New York composer Leslie Steinweiss, and is directed by Emmy-award winner Ellen S. Pressman. The Pepperdine University Libraries sponsored two performances of Rachel Calof in conjunction with the Traces of Memory exhibition, which was presented in partnership with the Diane and Guilford Glazer Institute of Jewish Studies.
After Rachel Calof opened in February, Dean of Libraries Mark Roosa called it “…a moving and accomplished performance of an extraordinary story.” Playwright LaZebnik has written for film, TV and the stage, co-writing Robert Altman’s last movie, Prairie Home Companion, with Garrison Keillor. In November, Mixed Blood Theatre of Minneapolis will premiere his newest play, On The Spectrum.
Rachel Calof will be performed five times during the Festival, at the Flamboyan Theatre, 107 Suffolk Street. Performances are August 12 at 5 p.m., August 15 at 4:15 p.m., August 19 at 2 p.m., August 20 at 9 p.m., and August 27 at 2:15 p.m. Tickets are available at www.fringenyc.org or by calling the box office at 866-468-7619. Additional information is available at www.rachelcalof.net.