Isle of Klezbos; J Edgar Klezmer: songs from my grandmother's FBI files

Isle of Klezbos’ J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother's FBI Files will be presented by Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown, NJ in February.
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A new production of J. Edgar Klezmer presents this work in its first full run! We are raising funds to pay for this expanded version of the show acclaimed in its earlier versions at Dixon Place, Puffin Forum and JCC Manhattan. The stellar lineup features bandmates from Isle of Klezbos and Metropolitan Klezmer in both musician and speaking roles plus actress Yelena Shmulenson (A Serious Man; Boardwalk Empire), and veteran director Gwenyth Reitz. Funds raised will support performance and rehearsal fees, multi-media tech expertise, travel costs, production materials and more.

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ATTN Catherine Rust
Centenary College
400 Jefferson Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
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Isle of Klezbos will perform musical selections from J. EDGAR KLEZMER: Songs from my Grandmother’s FBI Files on Friday, February 6.
Vox Hebraica concert series at the Actor’s Temple
9PM, $15 / $10 student
more on our calendar page

Isle of Klezbos; J Edgar Klezmer: Hazel Scott folio cover

J. EDGAR KLEZMER: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files is a musical documentary theater adventure, researched and written by grandchild and bandleader Eve Sicular. From klezmer to Kodaly to jazz, baroque to boogie woogie to gospel, and a New York Times clipping on Hazel Scott’s cancelled TV show Isle of Klezbos; J Edgar Klezmer poster to derelict theories of homosexuality, J. Edgar Klezmer’s exploration of surveillance files leads in even more directions than the Department of Justice could have foreseen.

Melissa Fogarty lead vocals
Yelena Shmulenson
Eve Sicular drums, grandchild
Debra Kreisberg clarinet, saxophone
Reut Regev trombone, slide trumpet
Shoko Nagai piano, accordion
Gwenyth Reitz

J. Edgar Klezmer premiered at Dixon Place in November 2008 and immediately became a Time Out NY Critics Pick.

The show is based on the true story of the late Dr. Adele Sicular, grandmother of Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos drummer & bandleader Eve Sicular. Using documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act filing, plus myriad other archival findings, and combined with family gossip, this piece investigates the dealings of the FBI and Eve’s pianist / psychiatrist / activist grandma through live theater, multi-media projections, and live music.

The show was again presented in June, 2009 by The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan under the direction of Isabel Milenski and in February the same year at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck, New Jersey.

In June, 2009 Eve Sicular spoke to Vox Tablet’s Sara Ivry about her grandmother Adele Sicular and J. Edgar Klezmer. Vox Tablet logo
Listen to Prying Eyes: A klezmer musician turns her grandmother’s FBI files into musical theater. Vox Tablet is Tablet Magazine’s weekly podcast, hosted by Sara Ivry and produced by Julie Subrin.

Thanks to Third Street Music School Settlement, Caravan of Dreams, A Repeat Performance and St Luke’s in the Fields for support of our current production. Development and previous performances of J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files received support from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, Third Street Music School Settlement, New York Theatre Workshop, and the Sparkplug Foundation.

Video excerpts are now available for presenters requesting previews of J. Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother’s FBI Files.


Eve Sicular
bandleader and producer
Isle of Klezbos
151 First Ave #145
NYC 10003 USA

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phone 212 475 4544
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PHOTO CREDITS top to bottom: Banner images: book jacket, VOYAGE FROM LESBOS, by Richard C. Robertiello, M.D.; NY Times, December 23, 2007, photo by Neal Boenzi; J. Edgar Klezmer promotional postcard designed by [Christie Grotheim]; young Adele Sicular, photographer unknown; Hazel Scott, solos from Boogie Woogie to the Classics, folio cover; Adele and her brother Henry Sicular, photographer unknown; Adele Sicular, ca. 1955, Alfred Sachs. Hazel Scott at piano, photographer unknown; J. Edgar Klezmer poster Courtesy JCC Manhattan.