Today, we shine the spotlight on Alan Hafter, who plays the role of the Rabbi in our upcoming production of Fiddler on the Roof!
1. You play the role of the Rabbi in Fiddler on the Roof, what do you have in common with your character?
It’s strange, but I have finally reached an age where I am asked questions by people younger than myself to offer some guidance to them.
2. What made you audition for Fiddler on the Roof?
I always loved the music and the story it told as it does relate to my parent’s families.
3. What should the audience look forward to in this show?
Wonderful music, singing, acting and staging. We hope that when they leave, they will be moved emotionally and had a great theatre experience.
4. What do you think the audience will be discussing on their way home after seeing Fiddler On the Roof?
I think they will be discussing the displacement of communities in Russia over a hundred years ago to what is still happening today in other parts of the world.
5. When did you discover your love for the theatre?
At the age of seven, I saw Ethel Merman in “Annie get your gun” with my mother. That’s over 70 years ago and I still remember where I sat in that theatre! It was the Imperial Theatre in NYC.
6. What is your favorite and most memorable role you ever played? Why?
It has to be the Rabbi in Fiddler! I love that the community comes to him for any questions. They know that they can trust him.
7. What is the most challenging role you have ever played?
I was part of the ensemble of Evita back in 1985. It was my first show, Everything was new to me. Upstage, downstage, stage right , stage left, blocking , spiking. It was an accomplishment for me to be apart of that show.
8. If you could pick one actor/actress on Broadway to perform with, who would it be? Why?
They have both passed, but my favorites were Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.
9. What is one thing you are incredibly proud of?
Definitely,my children and my grandchildren. I am also very proud to have witnessed the success of Hillbarn Theatre over the past 15 years that I have been a part of it.
10. What is one fact or fun thing that we don’t know about you?
I love puzzles, riddles, card tricks, and trivia!
Don’t miss your chance to see Alan Hafter in Fiddler On the Roof, December 3 -20, at the historic Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City.
Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at 650.349.6411 ext. 2 or in person at the Box Office. The Box Office is open Tuesday – Friday from 11:00am – 3:00pm. Holiday Hours Vary.