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Controversial Play at Jewish Theater
December 19, 2013   
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The Jewish Theater in Warsaw is staging The God of Vengeance, a controversial play by Polish-born Jewish American dramatist Sholem Asch.

Published in 1907, The God of Vengeance confronted tradition with modernity and tackled subjects that remain taboo to this day. When it was first staged, the play was declared obscene and insulting to Judaism and caused a scandal. The play became an international success nonetheless. The new production, directed by Andrei Muntéanu, explores the psychology of Asch’s cleverly constructed characters.

Yekel, the protagonist, owns a town house in which he lives with his family. A decent citizen and family man on the outside, Yekel runs a brothel in the basement. Then comes the day when one of his employees lures Yekel’s daughter Rivkele into the brothel.

The Jewish Theater is staging The God of Vengeance in Yiddish with interpretation provided into Polish, English and Hebrew. The cast includes Henryk Rajfer as Yekel, Joanna Przybyłowska and Ewa Gre¶.

Admission from 16 years of age.

M.R.
Jewish Theater; 12/16 Grzybowski Sq.
For performance dates, go to www.teatr-zydowski.art.pl
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