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The Art of Yiddish Drama – Modernity Confronts Tradition

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Dec 18, 2007
Dec 18, 2007
Segal Theater

Please join us for an interdisciplinary panel discussion on the place of Yiddish drama in world theatre, as well as staged readings of scenes from modern English adaptations of three neglected plays by Sholom Asch; With the Current (Mitn Shtrom), I.D. Berkowitz Under the Cross (Untern Tzelem), and Peretz Hershbein The Amulet ( Af Yenem Zayt Taykh). Presented in collaboration with Ellen Perecman, Producing Executive Director, New Worlds Theatre Project, New York with the generous support of the Center for Jewish Studies, Frances Degen Horowitz (Jack H. Skirball Interim Director).

Panelists include: Rachel Dickstein (Artistic Director of Ripetime) Daniel Gerould (Lucille Lortel Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature, Ph.D. Program in Theatre, CUNY Graduate Center); Stefan Kanfer (Author of Stardust Lost: The Triumph, Tragedy, and Mishugas of the Yiddish Theater in America (Knopf), and former writer and editor at Time); Neil Pepe (Artistic Director of the Atlantic Theatre Company); Alyssa Quint (Professor in Program in Judaic Studies, Princeton University and Managing Editor, Jewish Studies Quarterly); and Alisa Solomon (Director, Arts & Culture, M.A. Program, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and theatre critic for the Village Voice and other publications).

This event will also celebrate the publication of a volume of New Worlds Theatre Project’s English adaptations of these and other Yiddish plays, which have never before been performed or published in English.

Afternoon screenings 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Excerpts TBC):

A Vilna Legend (Dem Rebns Koyekh, reissue of Tkies Kaf / The Vow, 1924)
USA 1933 60 minutes B&W Yiddish narration with English subtitles. Director: Zygmund Turkow.
Based on a play by Peretz Hershbein.

The Yiddish King Lear (Der Yidisher Kenig Lir)
USA 1935 86 mintues B&W Yiddish with English subtitles. Director: Harry Thomashefsky.
Based on a play by Jacob Gordin

Green Fields (Grine Felder)
USA 1937 95 minutes B&W Yiddish with NEW English subtitles. Directors: E. Ulmer and Jacob Ben-Ami

The Singing Blacksmith (Yankl der Schmid)
USA 1938 B&W 95 minutes Yiddish with English subtitles Director: Edgar G. Ulmer.
Based on a play by Dovid Pinski.

New_Worlds_Logo6:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 18, 2007, Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!