Yiddish Theatre And Swimsuits Join Forces - Oy Bay!

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The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene turns 99 this year!
The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene turns 99 this year!National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene

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Chris Massimine and Caitlin Kelly at the opening night of the American premiere of
Chris Massimine and Caitlin Kelly at the opening night of the American premiere ofKate Hess Photography

Caitlin Kelly Designer Swimwear opened its doors in NYC in February 2013. The brand rose to the top rather quickly after the collection debuted on the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Miami runway. The designs were so popular that they received a standing ovation. Kelly's high-end, luxury swimwear focuses on innovative design, quality and sophistication. Her convertible suits allow women to go from the beach to the ball with 'endless possibilities'. The pieces can transform from bikini to evening gown in just a few seconds.

For its 99th season, the National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene is presenting one of the largest productions in its history, the American premiere of a new musical based on the 1975 Academy-Award-nominated film "Lies My Father Told Me" adapted from the works of Ted Allan. This coming-of-age musical began previews Sunday, November 10th and opened on Thursday, November 21st at the Nagelberg Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center. The show is performed in English and runs through December 15th.

The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene turns 99 this year!
The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene turns 99 this year!National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene

Interview Conducted Via Email By: Giacinta Pace

Q: What is your cause?

Caitlin: The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene

Q: How did you become involved?

Caitlin: Through networking, I was introduced to Christopher Massimine who launched the marketing of my brand before his work with the National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene. By nurturing that connection, he invited me to his shows, including "Lies My Father Told Me", a beautifully-written and delivered Broadway-caliber musical which affirms the importance of culture in our society. During the show I laughed hysterically over a very relate-able [fashion] industry reference. I recommend this show and The Folksbiene to anyone who cares about the arts, culture and finding a renewed affirmation of the world from the perspective of great entertaining and meaningful storytelling. They're doing a very fine job.

Q: What is the nicest thing someone has done for you?

Caitlin: The nicest thing that someone has done for me was to tell me I would never amount to anything. Without realizing it, they planted a seed of determination in my head to prove them wrong. In turn, I have built my company, never settling for less. One day I will be able to help others realize their dreams are obtainable [too].This one comment that was meant to hurt [me] ended up opening up a world of beauty filled with amazing people who have helped support my dream. The comment from a former teacher [and] all [of] the struggles and obstacles set forth to knock us off our path mean nothing. As long as we hold on to our ancestors [and] their stories of triumph, we can be whoever we want to be!

Q: Anything else?

Caitlin: It's such an honor to be able to work with the National Yiddish Theatre. There are many exciting things in store for their future. This is a very talented group of people and just doing my small part makes the experience priceless. We are all doing our part to be the best that we can be in very demanding fields and to be able to bridge theater with fashion is a great way to keep the industry network flowing. I'm really looking forward to see what's in store for the National Yiddish Theatre and the Caitlin Kelly brand.

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