Deborah Karpel: The Midwood Miracle
Photo Credit: Albie Mitchell
Poster: Monica Passin
A musical memoir written and performed by Deborah Karpel with Michael Lewis Smith, piano, Aimee Todoroff, director.
Singer-actress-writer Deborah Karpel mixes autobiographical characters and events with imaginary stand-ins. The story follows her mothers upbringing as a Jewish girl in coal mining Appalachia, VA, her parents meeting at a Catskills socialist summer resort, growing up in 1970s suburbia, and twists of fate that lead Deborah to the music of her grandfather. THE MIDWOOD MIRACLE features original compositions written with Ted Kociolek and Rachelle Garniez along with traditional Americana, western swing, operatic arias, improvised art songs, and Yiddish songs.
Performer/Writer Deborah Karpels favorite stage credits include originating the role of Sonny in Jeff Weisss Obie award-winning live serial, HOT KEYS; playing/singing Jill Johns in Yarmolinsky/Bernsteins opera BLIND WITNESS NEWS; and five formative years with Shock of the Funny, an improvisational theater group. She is a frequent recitalist at Lincoln Centers Bruno Walter Auditorium and performs with Ismail Butera and David Hofstra as THE EAST SIDE TRIO all over the greater New York area.
"The Midwood Miracle at Emerging Artists Theaters New Works Festival on October 3, featured the deeply gifted singer-actress Deborah Karpel, who painted a hilariously authentic and very touching portrait of her highly individual, unconventional parents and her search for cultural roots in a 1960s American Dream boomtown of Queens." - David Noh, The Gay City News, January 3, 2018
"Karpel's vocals boast a natural allure so hot it ought to be licensed, taxed and regulated."
Seth Rogovy, Author - The Essential Klezmer
"A wonderfully varied, charismatic, and magnificent singer with a heartrending voice."
Recklinghausen Zeitung, 2009
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