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The Witches Are Here!

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On Wednesday, April 11, 2012 The Audio Publishers Association announced that "The Witches of Lublin" is an Audie finalists for the prestigious Distinguished Achievement in Production awards.


On Friday, March 9, 2012, The Religion Communicator Council announced that "The Witches of Lublin" won a Wilbur Award for Radio, single program

On Monday, February 20, 2012, The Audio Publishers Association announced the finalists for this year’s Audie Awards, the “Oscars” of audiobooks.
The Witches of Lublin received two Audie Nominations, one for “ORIGINAL WORK” and the other for “PACKAGE DESIGN.”
Congratulations to the amazing Tovah Feldshuh, to our authors, and everyone in the cast and crew who made this possible!!


On Monday, February 20, 2012 The Alliance For Women In Media Foundation announced the winners for The Gracies. Sue Zizza won for Outstanding Director - Entertainment.


On Wednesday, February 8, 2012 the PRX announced the Zietfunk Awards.The Witches of Lublin placed 4th for the most playlisted piece.


On Tuesday December 27th the BBC’s program Late Junction aired Shtayngart’s Skotshne – which was then rebroadcast throughout the US on public radio stations airing this BBC program including WNYC in New York City.

December 1, 2011:

The Witches of Lublin is named among the BEST FULL CAST AUDIO DRAMAS of 2011 by Audiofile Magazine.

October 22, 2011:

The Witches of Lublin SFX presentation at the 131th AES convention in NYC.

August 1, 2011:

The Witches of Lublin script qualified as a quarterfinalist in the Scriptapalooza Contest!

April 26, 2011:

"[The] writers created a vivid depiction of this world with rich, full characters, and I loved hearing them come to life."

-- Connor Sullivan, listener, Connecticut


April 18, 2011:

Congratulations all!   I really enjoyed THE WITCHES OF LUBLIN tonight on WNYC. A very good production! Very polished.

--Eric Somers - The Sandbook Studio



April 14, 2011

This just in....
Interviewed on WUNC's The State of Things with host Frank Stasio

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Sue Zizza (left), Ellen Kushner (right), and Yale Strom (on the phone)
were interviewed for the WUNC broadcast of The Witches of Lublin.


Here's the link to the archived interview which ran twice on the station. Thanks Alex and host Frank.



April 6, 2011:

The cast party was a blast. Not everyone could attend but, those that did got a unique chance to hear The Witches of Lublin along with some of the writers, the director, and most of the actors for the first time.


tim and butch joanne and elizabeth

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April 10, 2011:

This just in: People love The Witches of Lublin!

"Just heard The Witches of Lublin :). It was wonderful."

- Janice Hayman - WFDU listener


April 5, 2011:

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March 21, 2011:

It's another sound effects weekend!

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March 16th, 2011:

PRX is hosting a 10-minute SAMPLE of The Witches of Lublin. Click HERE to listen for yourself and get excited for the full experience on your local radio station this April!

We also have it on our home page and story page.


March 7th, 2011:

Sound Effects artists have all the fun! It may not always look like much but thats ok! It's the sound that counts.

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December 10th, 2010:

Neil Gaiman via Twitter @NeilHimself:

"This is me, acting with Simon Jones (in NY) for @EllenKushner's Witches of Lublin. Apparently I act with my hands..."

View full video >>

November 28th, 2010:

Recording began this month for "The Witches of Lublin", a new one hour drama by Ellen Kushner, Elizabeth Schwartz and Yale Strom, for Spring of 2011 public radio broadcast programming.

"The Witches of Lublin" stars the extraordinary Tovah Feldshuh (Yentl, Golda's Balcony) as Rivke, and features Simon Jones ("Brideshead Revisited", "Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy") Neil Gaiman (Coraline, The Graveyard Book) and Barbara Rosenblat (Anne Frank Remembered, The Secret Garden) along with a cast of New York's finest audio actors and music by today's leading klezmer musicians.

Set in the Passover season, "The Witches of Lublin," is directed by internationally acclaimed and award-winning Sue Zizza.

Featuring haunting vocals and an original high energy klezmer score by Yale Strom, "The Witches of Lublin," offers a glimpse into the lost Jewish women's lives of Eastern Europe.

With a story as ancient as myth, and as modern as every family that struggles to hold its center in a world of strife and conflicting loyalties, it's the perfect Spring holiday programming for public radio 2011.

For programming and press inquiries contact director/producer Sue Zizza.

Phone: 516-658-0423

The following photos were taken by Robert Harrison and Elizabeth Schwartz

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The Witches of Lublin was originally commissioned by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, through a generous donation from Arthur and Marilyn Feinberg, and premiered in a live performance version at the 2007 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music.

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