“East Towards Home” brings to life three generations of Jewish left-wing culture in New York City. The play braids together the annals of the radical choreographers of the 1930’s and 40’s, texts and songs from Woody Guthrie, and first-person stories of a New York City Jewish left-wing childhood in the 1960’s and 70’s. Using loose-limbed storytelling, visual projections and animation, modern dance, and live music, the play offers a personal and impassioned look at the culture and history of the American Jewish radical left-wing community, at a time when that legacy is in danger of passing into obscurity.
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“Our elders fought for justice, failed often, succeeded more than anyone admits, and found rich lives for trying. Stories like East Towards Home make us all more human.”
- Noah T. Winer, co-founder, MoveOn.org and Dragonfly Partners
“Yalowitz gracefully weaves together his own biography with the history and artistic culture of the American and Jewish left. The intersections of these stories create more than the sum of their parts and beckon us to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going. ”
- Dr. Lila Corwin Berman, Murray Friedman Chair of American Jewish History,
and Director of the Feinstein Center, Temple University
”Chelsea dividing lines 1967″ animation still by Dustin Grella
Funding generously provided by: Puffin Foundation; BMI/Woody Guthrie Archives Fellowship; Pew Charitable Trusts, Heritage Philadelphia Program; National Museum of American Jewish History; Feinstein Center for American Jewish History; Vice Provost for the Arts, Temple University .