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'The Yellow Ticket' Kicks Off Jewish Cultural Festival In Irvington

Alicia Svigals will be playing violin and Marilyn Lerner will be playing the piano as they perform during the silent film "The Yellow Ticket" April 19.
Alicia Svigals will be playing violin and Marilyn Lerner will be playing the piano as they perform during the silent film "The Yellow Ticket" April 19. Photo Credit: Contributed

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- The silent film "The Yellow Ticket," which will kick off the third annual Jewish Cultural Festival, will be playing at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Irvington Town Hall Theater, with live musical accompaniement by Alicia Svigals.

At a time when sex work was legal in Tsarist Russia, anti-Semitic laws required Jewish women from the Pale of Settlement to possess prostitution papers in order to reside in cities outside the Pale. The groundbreaking 1918 silent film, "The Yellow Ticket," starring femme fatale Pola Negri, explored these social issues: human trafficking; ethnic and religious discrimination; and poverty.

Svigals, co-founder of the Klezmatics, was asked to put the film in context for today’s audiences. She composed an original score, which she will perform on the violin with the help of pianist Marilyn Lerner. The event, which includes a question-and-answer session following the performance, costs $18 for adults and $10 for college students at www.irvingtontheater.com . Tickets cost $21/$13 at the door.

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