Running the Stage

Ep. 186: Theater legend Joel Grey on directing ‘Fiddler’ in Yiddish, and sportswriter Matthew Futterman on the revolution in running

By Unorthodox|June 20, 2019 12:00 AM


This week, we’re running to keep up with our two guests.

Our first Jewish guest this week is Matthew Futterman [1], deputy sports editor at The New York Times and author of the new book, Running to the Edge [2]. A 23-time marathoner, Matt breaks down the major transformations in both professional and recreational running over the past few decades, and describes the more meditative aspects of the sport, explaining how running is, for him, a form of prayer.

Our second Jewish guest is Tony- and Academy Award-winning actor Joel Grey, whose credits include Cabaret, Wicked, and Chicago. His latest role is directing the Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof at Stage 42 [3]. He tells us about growing up around Yiddish (his father was musician and comedian Mickey Katz, who wrote Yiddish parodies of popular songs), having a daughter in the business (Jennifer Grey starred as Baby in Dirty Dancing), and about his love of photography (he just published his fifth book of photography, The Flower Whisperer [4]).

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