Monday, December 12, 2011

You can now order a DVD of The Westerbork Serenade <--hit this title

You can now get an amazing recording of The Westerbork Serenade.
This dynamic three camera perspective of one of my performances in The Netherlands is edited by the award winning film-makers Erga Netz and Izzy Abrahami.
Also available is Swing Me to the End of Life Echos of Johnny and Jones
A documentary in which I am featured.
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Friday, October 7, 2011

Lecture on The Westerbork Serenade wth JFS Seattle

David Natale will be discussing Westerbork and the evolution of his one-man show: The Westerbork Serenade as part of Jewish Family Service Seattle's ENDLESS OPPORTUNITIES lecture series.

Tuesday, December 13
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Temple De Hirsch Sinai
3850 156th Ave SE, Bellevue

you can hit the entry tile for details and directions

Monday, August 8, 2011

Henk van Gelder, NRC, on 'Swing Me to the End of Life, Echoes of Johnny and Jones'

Well the Johnny and Jones documentary (Dutch version) is out and running in the Netherlands. Here's a review:

Friday, May 20, 2011

Son of Cabaret Ping Pong star in Puget Sound

The other day, I had the chance to have dinner with Efram Wolff and his wife Annie.
Wolff is the son of Kurt Egon Wolff (photo right) who was the conferencier of Cabaret Ping Pong (left), the earliest exile cabaret in Holland.
Ping Pong opened in Amsterdam in 1933. It included many performers from Berlin's Catacombs cabaret. Prominent members included chanteuse Dora Gerson and dancers Chaya Goldstein (see blog entry Nov 22, 2008) and Julia Marcus. Composer and singer Curt Bry also joined the troupe.
The Ping Pong shows were decidedly anti militarist and political, including texts by Brecht, Holaender, Kastner and Tucholsky. Because of problems renewing their permit, Ping Pong moved to Switzerland for a year. They returned to Holland with the agreement to add Dutch performers to the bill. With the major stars developing solo careers, the troupe eventually broke up.
Wolff survived the war by moving to England and eventually to Los Angeles where had a career with the music department of Warner Brothers.
Chaja Goldstein was in Kamp Westerbork but survived the war. Marcus made it to Paris and continued to perform and help other dancers escape the Nazis. Bry also escaped and made it to America. Dora Gerson was about to cross the border to safety with her children. She refused the suggestion to give a sedative to her children to keep them quiet. One of them coughed, exposing them to the Nazis. They all died in Auschwitz.
Efrom Wolff is a print maker and sculptor on Vashon Island ( ). His wife is also an artist working with found-objects and collage.

Source: Berlin Cabaret by Peter Jelavich, Harvard University Press 1993

Sunday, January 30, 2011

"Westerbork Serenade - the stage play" The DVD of David Natale's performance in The Netherlands, 2010


Now you can actually see the whole show
as if you were there!

Donate now and get a DVD of the premiere performance of our
2010 Netherlands Tour!

This electrifying performance at the New Liberal Jewish Center on November 13 2010 was to an audience full of relatives and survivors from Westerbork.
The atmosphere was intense. People had come from around the country and Europe: Switzerland, Germany, one all the way from Wales. even friends from the US were there. We were met with three standing ovations...

I hope you enjoy this important theatrical event.


David Natale

Monday, January 24, 2011

Westerbork listing: All About Jewish Theatre

We are listed at this very cool site all about Jewish theatre and culture
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Call me crazy but...
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Isn't building a camp in the boonies for refugees something we've seen?

But I want to wear and be whatever I want!
people must choose
not a chosen people
Land of the fee
Home of depraved.
Let's hear it for a night in Tunisia!
May Allah protect the workers.