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Yiddish Theatre Ensemble

Yiddish Theatre Ensemble
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Tickets: $18 - $45

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Yiddish Theatre Ensemble
God of Vengeance

Streaming from Sunday May 2 thru Monday, May 31, 2021 (video 100 min)
Tickets $18, $36, $45

An artful online video adaptation of Sholem Asch’s groundbreaking 1906 Yiddish play (in English)

Back by popular demand for the month of May! This recent production was hailed by audiences as a "Zoom masterpiece"... "a tour de force"... "Stunning!!" Don’t miss it!!

Translation by Caraid O'Brien / Translation Dramaturg, Aaron Beall

Video Adaptation and Direction by Bruce Bierman

God of Vengeance tells the story of a seemingly observant Jewish couple and their daughter Rivkeleh who live upstairs in their Lower East Side apartment during the Great Depression. Yankl and Soreh do their best to protect their only child from mixing with their bustling livelihood---a thriving 'brothel' business downstairs in the basement. Rivkeleh is at a marriageable age and plans for a future husband are being made. She is ensured an attractive dowry when her father commissions a sacred Torah scroll, worth thousands, to be written just for her. Supposedly, the hand-written scroll is believed to protect her and keep her kosher. Meanwhile, young Rivkeleh has fallen in love with Mankeh, one of his prostitutes, and a tender relationship blossoms. Tensions mount and soon life upstairs and downstairs becomes entangled. As Yankl’s plans are threatened, he begins to unravel.

"The Yiddish Theatre Ensemble's visually stunning production of my translation of Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance is a pandemic masterpiece. Truly gorgeous..." - Caraid O'Brien, Translator, NY

Surrounded by controversy (the first Broadway production was closed down for portraying unconventional characters and the first lesbian kiss on Broadway), this play was the inspiration for the award-winning Broadway show, Indecent. Yiddish Theatre Ensemble offers audiences the rare opportunity to experience the original play (in English with some Yiddish) online for the first time!

Although the original script was set in turn-of-the-20th century Poland, this production is set in New York’s Lower East Side circa 1930 bringing it closer to the American experience.

The multi-cultural, multi-generational and diverse LGBTQ cast of 17 come from the Bay Area and across the country and includes veteran of stage Naomi Newman, co-founder of the Traveling Jewish Theater. Due to COVID-19 restrictions actors were filmed in character and full costume from their homes on Zoom.

Leads: Roni Alperin - Yankl | Jill Eickmann - Soreh | Elena Faverio - Rivkeleh | Zissel Piazza - Mankeh | Simon Winheld - Shlomo | Esther Mulligan - Hindl | Naomi Newman - Reb Eli | Josiah Prosser - A Scribe | Rebekah Kouy-Ghadosh - Basha | Frances Sedayao - Rayzel

Ensemble: Linda Ayres-Frederick - Old Blind Woman | Heather Klein - The Chanteuse | Denise Hingle | Gilberto Melendez | Merle Nadlin | Leni Siegel | Randall Solomon

Yiddish Theatre Ensemble
Act I: Hindl, the head prostitute and Shlomo, a pimp arrive at the Shapshovitch apartment.
Top L to R: Jill Eickmann (Soreh), Roni Alperin (Yankl).
Bottom L to R: Simon Winheld (Shlomo), Esther Mulligan (Hindl).
Courtesy: Yiddish Theatre Ensemble

Yiddish Theatre Ensemble
Elena Faverio (Rivkeleh) and Zissel Piazza (Mankeh).
Soreh and Yankl’s daughter Rivkeleh with Mankeh, the young prostitute enjoy the rain.
Courtesy: Yiddish Theatre Ensemble

Laura Sheppard - Producer | Bruce Bierman - Director | Jeremy Knight - Production Designer / Editor / Technical Director | Karen Sellinger - Assistant Director | Suzanne Stassevich - Costume & Wardrobe Consultant | David Rosenfeld - Composer and Musician | Polo Talnir - Sound Consultant | Sarah Pizer-Bush - Dramaturg | Zissel Piazza - Yiddish Consultant | Nadav Hochman - Media Consultant | Dorrit Geshuri - Media Consultant | Pam Troy - Production Assistant | Mark Faulkner - Promotion Video Editor | Lisa Geduldig - Publicist

The production is fiscally sponsored by KlezCalifornia and funded in part by a Civic Arts Grant from the City of Berkeley. It coincides with the 40th Anniversary of Yiddish Book Center and their Year of Translation.

For a complete list of co-sponsors, cast photos, and production information, see
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