Listen: Moment’s 90th Birthday Celebration for Theodore Bikel
“I hope to inspire quite a lot of people, because I have not only one but a number of legacies that need to be preserved. One of them of course is the Jewish/Yiddish one; one is that of a labor activist and a political activist; one of them is that of a performer, an actor; one of them is a singer, an interpreter of songs; one of them is a translator of poetry and lyrics. And I have all of these and in the end somewhere they will be preserved, not in one place — it can’t work that way. Each one of these things can inspire, I hope will inspire people; and most of them, I hope, young.”
—Theodore Bikel (in conversation with James David Jacobs, 2/1/2015)
//Listen on PRX to the radio program of our 90th birthday celebration for Theodore Bikel //
That barely begins to describe the full extent of Theo’s remarkable life, which is still going strong; in recent years he has been performing his one-man show Sholom Aleichem: Laughter through Tears, which was nominated for a Drama Desk award in 2010; in that same year the then-86-year-old played Tevye in several performances of a North American tour. In 2013 he sang at the Austrian Parliament, in the presence of the chancellor, as part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht.