Welcome to the steam baths! The word bubbemeises is a Yiddish term meaning “a grandmother’s story” or “an old wives’ tale.”
Writer and street performer Nick Cassenbaum, along with his klezmer musicians, invite you into the warmth of the Schvitz in Detroit, one of the country’s few remaining traditional bath houses, which has been in operation for over 85 years. Among the steam and the ritual, Nick will take you on a journey of discovery to find the place where he belongs. Bubble Schmeisis is full of intimate and personal true stories about identity, home, and getting schmeised (washed) by old men. “It is by far the funniest thing I have seen in Edinburgh so far…Bubble Schmeisis is also beautiful in its depiction of male friendship and shared routines.” (Exeunt)
Please Note: Due to the historical nature of the venue, the Schvitz is not fully accessible; audiences must descend stairs to get into the space, and there is no elevator. While UMS makes every effort to hold its events in accessible spaces, the unique nature of this work limited the options available.
Date & Times of Performances:
Thursday, March 22 @7:30pm; Friday, March 23 @7pm & 9pm; Saturday, March 24 @2pm & 8pm; Sunday March 25 @2pm & 6pm