[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements-- "Shylock Escapes Broadway"-New York, Jan. 13

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
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Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements

January 6, 2011

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Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011 15:02:07 -0500
From: David Mandelbaum <david at newyiddishrep.org>
Subject: "Shylock Escapes Broadway"-New York, Jan. 13


On January 13th the notorious Hebrew and protzentnik (moneylender) of 
Venice, heads downtown to a safehouse on 16th street, where with the help 
of  New Yiddish Rep, The Congress for Jewish Culture, The Yiddish National 
Theater (not to be confused with The National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene), 
CYCO, and his host YIVO, he will enact his version of the famous story 
associated with his person in the charming jargon of his tribe. Present to 
abet him in this undertaking will be an all star cast of Yiddish actors.

You are invited to witness this moving courtroom drama. Admission is free.

Since proceedings will take place in Yiddish, supertitles will be provided 
for the benefit of the general public. Seats in court are limited and the 
streets of Venice are narrow, so reservations are recommended. There will 
be a brief introduction by Yiddish theater historian Nahma Sandrow.

Thursday, January 13th at 7 PM
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
15 West 16 Street
New York, NY
For reservations please call 212 246-6080 or visit 

Shylock. Next to Moses, arguably the best known Jewish character in World 
literature. In the 400 odd years since his creation he has worn many 
faces. Lately he looks a little like Al Pacino. But 110 years ago at a 
lower east side theater he looked exactly like Jacob Adler, and he spoke 
Yiddish. Adler, the iconoclastic "eagle" of the Yiddish stage threw out 
the romantic sub-plot, keeping only enough of it to justify the story 
line, and placed his enormous presence front and center as Shylock. We 
will be presenting his cut of the play and the wonderful translation by 
Yiddish poet Joseph Bovshover. I hope to see some of you there.

Happy Sylvester.-David Mandelbaum
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