Tuesday, April 26, 2011


dannyThe Shoemaker
By Susan Charlotte
Directed by Antony Marsellis
Starring Oscar-nominee Danny Aiello

WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 7:30 PM
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Avenue, Tenafly
TICKETS: $15 JCC members/$20 general admission for advance sales by April 29; $30 at the door. Cost for the Meet the Artists Reception is $15. For more information and to reserve tickets, call Judy Belinfante at 201.408.1457. (Photo: Danny Aiello in The Shoemaker, written by Susan Charlotte and directed by Antony Marsellis.)

To celebrate the upcoming release of the film, the Kaplan JCC on the Palisades is hosting an evening with the Danny Aiello, Susan Charlotte and Antony Marsellis, who will show clips from the film and share a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the play and movie. They will then field a question and answer session with the audience. For an extra fee, attendants can enjoy an intimate dessert reception with Danny Aiello, Susan Charlotte and Anthony Marsellis. The JCC will also hold a drawing for two free tickets to the Broadway show, which will run from July 14 to August 14 at the Acorn Theater on 42nd Street. Everyone who comes can purchase discount tickets to select performances.

The Shoemaker takes place at a turning point in American history in New York City's Hell's Kitchen.  A shoemaker, an Italian Jew, is haunted by his past—Facist Italy in the late 1930's. Facing the devastation of the present day—the unimaginable becoming reality with each passing hour—he loses the little bit of hope that he clings to as he waits for a young woman to return for her shoes, a stranger who embodies the innocence that he wants to reclaim. A simple setting provides the backdrop for this complex drama that deals with the fragility of the human condition.

The Shoemaker is back by popular demand. Having played to sold-out audiences last summer in its one-act Off-Broadway debut, Ms. Charlotte decided to expand the play into a full-length version which will premiere this summer. Mr. Aiello will return to his role as the shoemaker, and Mr. Marsellis will once again direct. The same writer, director and actor also collaborated on a film version of The Shoemaker, which will premiere this September. 

The Shoemaker has been made possible by Cause Celebre, a non-profit organization founded by Susan Charlotte, which connects compelling theater with worthy causes. Audiences who attend the show have the chance to witness a riveting performance and contribute to a worthy cause at the same time.