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Yiddish Book Center, Talk

March 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

DISCUSSION | The Global Reach of the Yiddish Theater—The Vilna Troupe, God of Vengeance, and Yiddish Performance the World Over, with Caraid O’Brien and Debra Caplan | Thursday, March 2 @ 7 p.m. EST

Professor Debra Caplan and performer Caraid O’Brien discuss where Yiddish theater was performed throughout the world during its heyday in the twentieth century. Debra follows the many branches of the world-famous repertory company the Vilna Troupe, tracing where they performed. Caraid discusses the evolution of Sholem Asch’s Yiddish classic “God of Vengeance” from its 1907 debut in Berlin to eventual Broadway scandal in 1923.

Presented as part of the Yiddish Book Center’s 2023 Decade of Discovery Yiddish: A Global Culture.

This live event will be presented via Zoom. Space is limited. If you’d like to reserve a virtual seat in the Zoom audience—registration is required.

Two production shots of God of Vengeance from different productions.
Photos of Ida Kaminska, William Shakespeare, and Jacob Gordin underneath yellow banner

ONLINE COURSE | Shakespeare & Yiddish | Wednesdays, March 8–29, @ 7–8:30 p.m EST

Join literature scholar Ilan Stavans for a four-part course exploring Yiddish theater’s long history of performing and taking inspiration from Shakespeare’s works. Register


March 2
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST


Yiddish Book Center
1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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