Legacies & Crossing Points:
Boris & Lisa AronsonFor thirty-five years, my husband’s parents, Boris, and his wife and assistant Lisa, were a legendary, collaborative husband-wife team that created extraordinary, inventive sets for the Broadway theater. Yet their legacy extends even further back–to Lisa’s own family, the Jalowetzes, who were at the epicenter of European modernism, and who eventually fled Hitler’s Europe to contribute to the American avant-garde. On Boris’ side, it reaches back, before Broadway, to the Yiddish theater, and the avant garde and constructivist movements in Russia. This is an initial page where Marc and I shall be posting about these rich crossing points of culture, art, and history.


An interview with Marc by The Yiddish Book Center

This is a short film I created, Before Broadway: A European Childhood:

Lisa Jalowetz Aronson: Before Broadway: A European Childhood from Seventh Generation Stories on Vimeo.

A new interview just found of Lisa about her experiences at Black Mountain College:


Lisa’s Obituary in Playbill.com

 Lisa Jalowetz Aronson: A Door Opens (Marina Budhos)


Lisa was a talented illustrator and designer Lisa in her own right.  She chronicled her life with Boris & Marc with a witty, whimsical eye.



Boris’ earlier Yiddish Theater work was also previously unknown.  However, it’s recently been exhibited in Paris, Tel Aviv, and Moscow, London and is now in New York City at Gallery Vallois America:

Boris Aronson’s Sets for Yiddish Theater Take Center StageNew York Times

A Yiddish Theater Artist Finally Gets His DueThe Star Ledger

How Boris Aronson’s Designs Came To LifeThe Jewish Week

The Works of Yiddish Set Designer Boris AronsonTablet

Preparing the Miracle: From the Bronx to BroadwayPlaystosee.com

Marc Aronson in Conversation with Paul MeltzerPlaystosee.com

Exhibition at the Ben Uri Gallery in London

The Avant-garde Theater: Costume & Set Designs, 1917- Kiev – 1929 New York

Video: Galerie Minotaure Opening in Tel Aviv

Marc speaking at the Ben Uri Gallery in June, 2013:

Press & Events

Chance magazine monograph video on Boris Aronson

2014 marked the anniversary of “Fiddler on the Roof” with many relevant events.

On Monday, October 6th, at Lincoln Center, for Fifty Years with Fiddler, Marc joined Sheldon Harnick, Alisa Solomon, Amanda Vaill for a talk on Fiddler, making use of various objects from the show.  The Lincoln Center Library and Archive houses many of Boris’ designs and papers.

Symphony Space held its annual Gala honoring Fiddler on the Roof.  We were so pleased to take part, loaning the model of Tevye’s house, along with some of the Fiddler art, and original Playbills for the event.  Perhaps the highlight of the night was Leslie Uggam singing “Happy Birthday” to the 90-ish Sheldon Harnick!

Marc & I at the Gala