The New York International Fringe Festival, known for its cutting edge productions, will bring "down under" comedian/writer/actor Jeremie Bracka and his critically acclaimed one-man comedy show, Enough About Me…. Let's Talk About Jew!, to this year's festival in the Big Apple. The New York Fringe production, presented by Noah Goldman and Fantasy Sports & Entertainment, Inc. in association with Fiona Choi, will be presented at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, from August 18 through August 24, 2007.
"From Borscht Belt to Beer, Knishes to Kangaroo, comedic self-deprecation is the other Jewish remedy to all ailments after chicken soup…. Even Down Under! Enough About Me…. Let's Talk About Jew! Portrays the uniqueness of Australian Jewish immigrant experiences through an 'all you can eat' buffet of Jewish personas based on persecution complexes, guilt and neuroses," state press materials.
"Enough About Me….. Let's Talk About Jew! is an original one-man Australian cultural comedy created and performed by Jeremie Bracka which was an SRO success at the recent Melbourne Comedy Festival. It celebrates, satirizes and parodies the unique Australian émigré culture through farce, vaudeville cabaret and monologue. Spanning three generations and four distinct ethnicities – Polish, Egyptian, Israeli and Hungarian – Enough About Me…. Let's Talk About Jew! is both a provocative commentary on ethnic insularity and a celebration of Australian diversity multi-culturalism."
"His Jewish sensibility has profoundly influenced his work as a first generation Australian born to migrants from war-torn countries The constructs of suffering and guilt played an intrinsic role in his formative years. His mother was a child survivor who grew up in post-war communist Poland, and his father arrived in Australia after being denationalized in Egypt following the Arab-Israeli war of 1956. Accordingly, his childhood, along with many others of his contemporaries, existed within a blood transfusion of suffering into which his family dipped its past."
Enough About Me…. Let's Talk About Jew! is directed by Rachel Forgasz, creator and performer of the SRO Mid-summa festival hit show My Life as a Dyke, with Tomi Kalinski (Barry Humphries/Dame Edna's MD) as musical director.
Jeremie Bracka has performed widely in the Australian Jewish community and trained professionally as an actor at the National Theatre, St. Kilda. His last show, Shmocks and Two Smoking Salmons enjoyed sell-out seasons various venues. The concept of a one-man show on Jewish ethnicity emerged from the various productions Jeremie Bracka has developed over the years, both in the Melbourne Jewish community -Australian Union of Jewish Studies comedy revues (1998-2000), The Showmen and the Booba (2001) and Kosher Culture (2003) - and from his professional two-year training at the Australian National Theatre (2000-2002), where he continued to explore the themes of persecution and migration through the medium of theatrical narrative. As well as working as a professional actor, Bracka has also fulfilled his mother's dream by graduating from Law at Monash University and pursuing a successful career as a lawyer with a particular interest in international human rights law.
The running time of the show is 65 minutes. Tickets are $15 and may be obtained at www.FringeNYC.com, or call in New York (212) 279-4488/outside NYC: 1-888-FringeNYC.
For additional information, photos and interviews with Jeremie Bracka, visit www.enoughaboutme.com.au.