A SHIRTWAIST TALE-The Klezmer Musical

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Judith Offer, Book and Lyrics, Director, has had fourteen plays reach production, the most recent of which was Devilís Due, a comedy, which was performed at the Village Theatre in Danville last year.  Other recent productions include Casino! (a musical spoof of Indian casinos and local politics with Joyce Whitelaw, composer), Frame of Possibilities (a comedy about modern art and the museums that house it), and Three Times Three (one-acts set in Oakland), as well as a prior production of A Shirtwaist Tale in 1999.  In addition to A Shirtwaist Tale, Judith and Arkadi have collaborated on The Musicians of Bremen and It Could Always Be Worse, childrens' musicals performed by Kairos Youth Choir. 


In addition to her theater work, Judith is an oft-published poet, as well as the creator of a successful work book, California History Plays for Young People, which has been used in several California schools.  For more information, visit her website, JudithOffer.com.


Arkadi Serper, Composer, received his music education at the Gnesin State Musical College and the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In Russia, he led a distinguished career as a pianist, composer and as an educator at the Gnesin Music College. In 1992, he immigrated to the United States to continue his career as a performing artist, composer and teacher. Mr. Serper performs in solo recitals throughout the Bay Area, is teacher of Theory & Composition at The Crowden School and teaches private piano students. He has written choral music for Kairos Youth Choir, currently published, and for Voci Womenís Ensemble, Piedmont Choirs, SF Boys Chorus, and others, as well as compositions in original musical theatre. His symphonic & chamber works have performed by major orchestras including Stockton and Vallejo Symphonies, and the reknown Bridge Quartet. As a pianist, Mr. Serper has performed for audiences in Denmark, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Italy, Norway, Poland, and Thailand. His playing has won great public acclaim both in the United States and internationally.  For more information, visit ArkadiSerper.com.