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Red Herring Puppets Presents My Grandfather's Prayers Sept 1 and 2nd 2018


$15 in advance
$18 at the doo

Sat Sept 1st  8pm
Sunday Sept 2nd  7pm

is a multi-media performance that powerfully demonstrates the poignancy of ancestral connections. The performance focuses on the improbable life of Cantor Izso Glickstein (1889-1947), a fourth-generation Jewish Cantor, child prodigy, operatic tenor, and humanitarian. 

His journey spanned the Russian pogroms, Hungary’s White Terror and two devastating World Wars. Izso was Uber-Cantor at the Great Synagogue in Budapest and New England’s Mishkan Tefila where he became Leonard Bernstein’s earliest musical mentor. His powerful golden voice expresses the miraculous passion and determination of a people holding on to faith and tradition, through the violent diaspora of the 20th century. 

Izso’s remarkable ability to thrive despite adversity, is lovingly told by his granddaughter, professional puppeteer, Lisa Aimee Sturz. Lisa uses shadow puppets, scrolling backgrounds, marionettes, digital composites and poetic text to honor her maternal grandfather and explore her own Jewish ancestry, artistry, spirituality and social responsibility.

My Grandfather’s Prayers literally reverberated through each of us in the audience. Cantor Iszo Glickstein’s extraordinary voice--plangent, deeply emotive, and evocative of an eclipsed Eastern European Jewish world--struck a deep chord in everyone who heard it. The visual design and puppets were beautiful and the whole production an act of love. I can’t imagine that anyone, no matter what their own background, wouldn’t be touched by his story.
David Jordan Harris, Executive Director
 Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council

Lisa is an award winning puppeteer (California Emmy and UNIMA) who has worked with Jim Henson Productions, Lucasfilm, Walt Disney Imagineering, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, PBS, NBC, Julie Taymor and many more. Film and TV credits include Howard the Duck, Muppets from Space, Elmo in Grouchland, Ninja Turtles III, Flintstones, Murphy Brown, Roger Rabbit, and Puzzle Place. 

Her production of 
will be featured in the International Puppet Fringe Festival
 in New York City in August and will be shown
 on JLTV in Los Angeles this Fall.

My Grandfather's Prayers - promo from Lisa Sturz on Vimeo.