Dybbuk, a Classic of Yiddish Theatre
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The last date listed for Dybbuk was Sunday May 30, 2004 / 2:00pm.
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There's trouble in River City! Berkeley Playhouse presents the heartwarming family favorite The Music Man. Lovable swindler "Professor" Harold Hill is trying to pull a con on the citizens of River City, Iowa. He claims he'll save the town's youth from sin and corruption by selling them instruments and helping to organize a boys' band -- despite the fact that he actually knows nothing about music. Soon, the irresistible "Music Man" manages to turn the bickering school board into a barbershop quartet, win the heart of Marian the librarian, and somehow transform into an honest man in the process. The delightful story is set to a parade of classic Broadway tunes, including "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble," "Till There Was You" and "Goodnight, My Someone." Learn More
Quotes & Highlights
- "The power of A Traveling Jewish Theatre's <em>Dybbuk</em>...lies not only in this classic story of ghostly possession but also in the company's ability to create theatrical magic." --San Francisco Chronicle
- "By the time they get to Leah's fabled exorcism at the hands of an ancient looking rabbi, we're in their thrall. The exorcism itself, framed by lit candles, is an excitingly choreographed life and death tug-of-war." --San Francisco Bay Guardian
- "What astonishes the playgoer are the bursts of gripping emotion -- despite the play's well known plot. The result is nothing short of astonishing." --Jewish Bulletin
The Dybbuk is the only play from the Yiddish Theatre that transcended the particular cultural context in which it was created.
Within eight years of its premiere in 1920, it had been performed in Vilna, Moscow, New York and San Francisco, in Yiddish, Hebrew and English.
It has been performed, virtually non-stop, in one version or another ever since.
New adaptation by Bruce Myers
Directed by Corey Fischer
Performed by Karine Koret and Keith Davis
The Dybbuk is the only completed play by S. Ansky (pseudonym of S. Rappoport), an ethnographer who collected folk songs, legends and folk plays in the Jewish settlements of Eastern Europe in the years before 1914.
This history of the play has become a legend in its own right. According to one source, Ansky first wrote it in Russian, translating it into Yiddish at the suggestion of Stanislavsky, director of the Moscow Art Theatre. Other sources describe how a number of Yiddish theatres rejected the play before the Vilna Troupe agreed to produce it. Ansky died one month before the first performance on December 9, 1920.
Bruce Myers' remarkable two-actor adaptation of The Dybbuk reveals the most elemental, human aspects of the play. Its daring use of narrative and transformation are perfectly attuned to twenty-first century sensibilities.
This is a work particularly suited to A Traveling Jewish Theatre's approach to theatre: deeply exploring a specific cultural artifact to find its universality.
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