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The Shoemakers
Written by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Directed by Shira Piven
Opened April 25, 1995

Produced in association with Famous Door Theatre
Adapted by & with Original Lyrics by Byrne Piven
Directed by & with Original Music by Shira Piven

ENSEMBLE

Byrne Piven:
Abba

James Schneider:
Gimpel

Deirdre Waters:
Pesha

David Engel:
Getzel

Kris Edlund:
Treitel

P. Adam Walsh:
Godel

Gregory Hirte:
Feivel / Lippe

Hakeem Hunter:
Chananiah

Laura T. Fisher:
Neighbor / Bessie

Mary Chaisson:
Neighbor / Wife

Sheldon Baren:
Rabbi / Mailman

* member Actor's Equity Association

CREW

Stage Manager:
Lynne M. Harris
Set Design:
Danila Korogodsky
Lighting Design:
Jeff Pines
Costume Design:
Sharon Sachs
Video Design:
Miroslaw Rogala
Musical Director:
Larrance Fingerh

CRITICAL RESPONSE

“Lovely performances…original and creative…richly told through story and song…Life affirming.” – Richard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune

“A beautiful, poignant production. Byrne Piven in a brilliant performance.” – Jennifer Atkin, Skyline

“Anyone who comes from a generation of immigrants will feel a connection.” – Jennifer Brody, Chicago Jewish Star

“A family labor of love. Shira Piven’s whirling staging resembles so many flying Chagalls.” – Lawrence Bommer, Chicago Reader