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Living History: Rudi Rosenfeld + Moshe Yassur (Romania) on Yiddish Theatre

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Dec 10, 2012
Dec 10, 2012
Proshansky Auditorium

Moshe Yassur
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Internationally-known Yiddish theatre director Moshe Yassur leads this special Segal evening of recollection and reflection on the past, present, and future of Yiddish theatre in his native Romania and around the world. A panel of Yiddish theatre artists and historians—most notably Rudi Rosenfeld, Romania’s last Jewish Yiddish-speaking actor and a legend in his own time–will consider the unique case of Romanian Yiddish theatre. Vibrant from the late nineteenth century onwards but banned during World War II (save for a single Jewish theatre that performed Yiddish plays translated into Romanian, by special decree from the Antonescu regime), Yiddish-language theatre in Romania was consecrated when the new Communist government established the world’s first state-operated Yiddish theatre in Bucharest in 1948. That theatre has been in continuous operation ever since, and now features primarily non-Jewish Romanian actors performing in Yiddish.

Moshe Yassur, renowned Yiddish theatre scholar Nahma Sandrow and the Yiddish scholar and editor of the Forward newspaper Itzik Gottesman will compare this unique history with stories of Yiddish theatre from other countries, ending with thoughts on the future of Yiddish theatre.

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