The Record newspaper in Bergen County, New Jersey featured Pace communications professor Diane Cypkin in an article on an upcoming show of Cypkin’s.
From The Record:
Dr. Diane Cypkin, professor of media and communication arts at Pace University, will perform a “Musical Salute to Molly Picon, Star of the Yiddish Theatre” on April 22 at 3 p.m. as part of the Music on a Sunday Afternoon series of concerts sponsored by The Friends of the Teaneck Library.
Cypkin has appeared in many Yiddish language musical productions spanning more than two decades. She was Sheyne, opposite Joseph Buloff in Ossip Dymov’s Yoshke muzikant (Joseph the Musician) at the Folksbiene Playhouse; Beylke, David Opatoshu’s daughter, in Sholom Aleichem’s Dos groyse gevins (The Big Winner) at the Eden Theatre; Gitale in Ben Bonus’s production of Light, Lively, and Yiddish at the Belasco Theatre on Broadway; and Tsirl in the Mary Soriano presentation Di yidishe tsigaynerke (The Jewish Gypsy) at Town Hall in New York.
She has done a great deal of concert work. Some highlights: in New York, in conjunction with her exhibition at Lincoln Center entitled, Molly Picon: Yiddish Star, American Star, she presented a lecture/concert on “Molly Picon and Her Yiddish Music”; in Washington, D.C., she gave a concert of her father’s — Abraham Cypkin’s — songs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum when the museum presented an exhibition on the Kovno Ghetto of Lithuania. She is a child of survivors. In 1981, she sang at the World Gathering of Holocaust Survivors in Jerusalem, Israel. Cypkin has worked in the English-speaking theatre as both singer and actor in shows. In addition, she has directed productions of The World of Sholom Aleichem, The Theatre of Peretz, and Green Fields.
In 2007, she curated the aforementioned exceptionally well-received exhibition at Lincoln Center, New York on Molly Picon. For almost 10 years she was Yiddish Theatre Consultant at the Museum of the City of New York and curated the highly successful exhibition, A Celebration: 100 years of Yiddish Theatre in New York. She is a recipient of the Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence and the Pace University President’s “Extra Mile” Award.
In a “Musical Salute to Molly Picon, Star of the Yiddish Theatre!” Cypkin tells — through English narration — the life story of this First Lady of the Yiddish Stage through the countless songs she sang and often wrote during her many years on the Yiddish stage. Indeed, the concert is a cornucopia of tangos, waltzes and fox-trots. In sum, the concert is a tribute to a legend!
The public is welcome to attend this free program to be held in the library auditorium. Refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists follow the performance.