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Theatre History Podcast # 14

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



Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance is a provocative classic of the Yiddish stage, and it’s recently come back into the public eye, with an upcoming revival by New Yiddish Rep and a new drama by Paula Vogel, titled Indecent, that tells the fascinating backstory behind the play’s premiere. In this episode, we talk with David Mandelbaum, artistic director of New Yiddish Rep, about Asch’s powerful play and about the new revival.

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Theatre placard for a Yiddish-language production of God of Vengeance (Got fun nekome) in Buenos Aires, 1930s. Via the Billy Rose Theatre Division at the New York Public Library.


  • Read an English translation of God of Vengeance.
  • ​​​Find out more about New Yiddish Rep and its revival of God of Vengeance.
  • Learn about Sholem Asch, the brilliant and controversial author of God of Vengeance.
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Rudolph Schildkraut, director and star of the controversial 1923 English-language production of God of Vengeance, in the lead role of Yekel. Via the Museum of the City of New York.

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