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Looking for “Lesbians” in God of Vengeance and Indecent
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Looking for “Lesbians” in God of Vengeance and Indecent

by Warren Hoffman
3 July 2018
The Judaica project at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City—Monday 16 October 2017
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The Judaica project at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City—Monday 16 October 2017

Theatre History Podcast # 14
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Theatre History Podcast # 14

David Mandelbaum Talks About New Yiddish Rep’s Revival of God of Vengeance

by Michael Lueger
5 December 2016
Howlround Theatre Commons
From the World Theatre Map
Looking for “Lesbians” in God of Vengeance and Indecent
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Looking for “Lesbians” in God of Vengeance and Indecent

3 July 2018

Writer Warren Hoffman dives into the history of God of Vengeance, the Yiddish play from 1907 that inspired Paula Vogel's Indecent, and the questions around language and sexuality the play raised and continues to raise.

Theatre History Podcast # 14
Podcast

Theatre History Podcast # 14

David Mandelbaum Talks About New Yiddish Rep’s Revival of God of Vengeance

5 December 2016

Michael Lueger talks with David Mandelbaum about a new production of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance.

Shakespeare & Company’s second production of The Merchant of Venice
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Shakespeare & Company’s second production of The Merchant of Venice

1 October 2016

Josh Platt on The Merchant of Venice directed by Tina Packer in Lenox, Massachusetts. 

Theatre History Podcast # 5
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Theatre History Podcast # 5

Joel Berkowitz on the Yiddish Theatre's Past (and Present)

19 September 2016

Michael Lueger talks with Joel Berkowitz about Yiddish theatre’s historical and present iterations.

Stars of David
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Stars of David

Story to Song Twinterview

30 January 2016

Lauren Alexander interviews twins Shirley and Aaron Sertosky about their experience working together in Theater J’s production of Stars of David: Story to Song.

An Inside Look at Theater J
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An Inside Look at Theater J

Interview with Shirley Serotsky

27 July 2015

Jacqueline Lawton interviews Acting Artistic Director of Theater J, Shirley Serotsky.

Making the Rabbi Laugh
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Making the Rabbi Laugh

Auschwitz, Theatre, and the Absurdity of Evil

18 February 2015

Playwright Jake Rosenberg considers the obligation to historical narrative, commemoration versus invention, humor, and the Holocaust.

On Supporting Both Theatre J and Mosaic Theater
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On Supporting Both Theatre J and Mosaic Theater

A Perspective from a Regional Jewish Artistic Director

26 January 2015

Artistic director Diane Gilboa contemplates what could happen to Jewish theatre since the dismissal of Ari Roth, and shares her hopes for the field and colleagues.

Jewish Theatre, For Heaven’s Sake!
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Jewish Theatre, For Heaven’s Sake!

4 January 2015

President of the Association for Jewish Theatre David Y. Chack contemplates the future of Jewish Theatre since Ari Roth’s dismissal, as well as the need to diverse cultural expressions.

An Interview With Former Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth
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An Interview With Former Theater J Artistic Director Ari Roth

21 December 2014

P. Carl interviews Ari Roth about his recent firing from Theater J and the power of theatre in politcs. 

Jewish Religious Observance in the American Theater
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Jewish Religious Observance in the American Theater

14 March 2014

As a response to the realities of the current state of the theater for religiously observant theater artists, I co-founded 24/6: A Jewish Theater Company with likeminded artists. 24/6 is a home for Sabbath-observant artists in New York which is committed to cultivating innovative theater grounded in a rigorous engagement with Jewish tradition.

Genesis
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Genesis

Why Write Jewish Plays?—A Talmudic Inquiry*

12 March 2014

In this installation, Deborah Yarchun sheds insight on the importance of Jewish theatre in the United States. 

Why is Jewish Theater Producing Asian American Plays?
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Why is Jewish Theater Producing Asian American Plays?

12 March 2014

We chose to do "Yellow Face" because of the meaningful questions it raises about the parameters of identity. We chose to do "Yellow Face" because of the revealing and resonant glimpse it gives at immigrant families in the United States; because of its multi-layered examination of the “American Dream”; because of the uproarious and irreverent way it uses humor to expose darker themes. We chose to do "Yellow Face" because clearly, it’s a Jewish play!

What Makes Theater Jewish?
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What Makes Theater Jewish?

11 March 2014

What make theater Jewish? This strikes me as just as complex a query as, “What makes a person Jewish?” or, for that matter, “What makes theater?”

Toward a Jewish Theater?
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Toward a Jewish Theater?

10 March 2014

Despite the fact that I have never thought of myself as an artist engaged in an exploration of my own background, I have somehow, almost inadvertently authored a trilogy of plays (over twelve years and separated by five other plays) about the search for faith, each of which features an atheist, or at least hard-questioning Jew.

Jewish Theater
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Jewish Theater

Every Good Question Deserves Another Question

9 March 2014

In this installation, David Winitsky offers a brief history of Jewish theatre and shares insight on its future.

#JewPlay
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#JewPlay

Working Towards a Greater Jewish Theater

9 March 2014

I believe that the future of Jewish theater is in the hands of those who identify themselves as both practitioners and Jews, but independently of one another. It is not about the Jewish theater practitioners, but rather about the theater practitioners who are Jewish. Since being a Jew doesn’t mean it’ll change the type of theater you do or how you do it, we need to focus on the fact that being Jewish changes your approach to it. And much like alumni of a certain school of acting have a type of shorthand with one another, so do a group of Jews.

The Judaica project at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City—Monday 16 October 2017
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The Judaica project at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City—Monday 16 October 2017

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City presented the Judaica project with Nazlıhan Eda Erçin (Turkey), Agnieszka Mendel (Poland), & Ben Spatz (US) livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 16 October at 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 3:30 p.m. PDT (Los Angeles).

 

#JewPlay: What is the Future of Jewish Theatre?
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#JewPlay: What is the Future of Jewish Theatre?

A series of articles by Jewish theatre practitioners on what Jewish theatre means to them.

"Creating the New American Musical," a conversation with Charles Busch, Abigail Poegrebin, and Gordon Greenberg at the Philadelphia Theatre Company in Philadelphia, PA—Thursday 8 March 2012
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"Creating the New American Musical," a conversation with Charles Busch, Abigail Poegrebin, and Gordon Greenberg at the Philadelphia Theatre Company in Philadelphia, PA—Thursday 8 March 2012

A conversation on "Creating the New American Musical" featuring Charles Busch, Abigail Poegrebin, Gordon Greenberg, and facilitated by Warren Hoffman livestreamed on HowlRound.TV Thursday, March 8, 2012.