Winnipeg Jewish Theatre: Chutzpah and Salsa, June 27 - July 3

Chutzpah and Salsa up next for WJT

Winnipeg Jewish Theatre (WJT) presents Chutzpah and Salsa from June 27 to July 3. A soulful musical celebration that's part concert, part storytelling salon, Chutzpah and Salsa features Winnipeg's own The Mariachi Ghost and will be performed in a canvas tent in the Asper Community Campus Field, 123 Doncaster Street. WJT's season sponsors are The Asper Foundation and the Azrieli Foundation. For tickets, visit wjt.ca or call 204.477.7478.

Six Latinx Jewish women have their funny and poignant stories about faith, family, and fitting in woven together with music by internationally-acclaimed Winnipeg band The Mariachi Ghost. The Mariachi Ghost's haunting rhythms, explosive vocals, and authentic Mexican musical stylings promise a cabaret-style evening infused with funny and poignant moments of Jewish and Latinx culture.

"This collection of stories personifies so much of what my time in Winnipeg has been about: Community." says Ari Weinberg, Artistic and Managing Director for WJT. "These women's stories are about finding themselves and locating the core of their identity amongst the scope of the world around them; that's what WJT's mission is all about. Illuminating the Jewish and human experiences is at the heart of every WJT production, and this one also features the incredible music of The Mariachi Ghost, a local musical phenomenon."

The show features personal and mostly true stories of emigration to Latin America from Europe, Syria and other countries that were not "Jewish-friendly. Upon arrival, the authors encountered a vastly different and exotic world. They made their way, and in many cases, prospered. However, there was always "the suitcase by the door," an expectation that this new home was not permanent.

WJT thanks The Winnipeg Foundation, Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council for their ongoing support. WJT's season sponsors are The Asper Foundation and the Azrieli Foundation.

More information and tickets can be found at: www.wjt.ca. You can also reach WJT by phone at (204) 477-7478.

For more information, interviews and photos, contact Greg Klassen at gdklassen727@hotmail.com or 204.290.6293.