The auteur director–the great visionary in the mold of a Stanislavsky, Meyerhold, or Reinhardt–did not figure into the early years of the professional Yiddish stage. But it took little time for Yiddish troupes to develop an awareness of those great figures, and for some in those troupes to aspire to, and attain, such levels of artistic authority.

April 29, 2024

Tsvishn Falndike Vent: An Interview With Avram Mlotek, Zalmen Mlotek, and Motl Didner

Last November, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene opened its final production of 2023, a musical revue called Amid Falling Walls (Tsvishn Falndike Vent): Unveiling Resilience and Hope During the Holocaust. The production was curated and written by Avram Mlotek, with music curated and arranged by Zalmen Mlotek, and directed by Motl Didner. The Folksbiene’s website explains […]
August 21, 2021

Khonen in Drag: Cross-Dressing in Two Productions of The Dybbuk during the 1920s (Plus, a Review of One of These Productions)

What was the “trouser role”?
June 24, 2021

A Year of Yiddish Theatre in Covid: A Wrap Up?

In the past year, we’ve covered a number of COVID-era online productions, from drag, to Yiddish-inspired new plays, to a re-mounted classic, to long-ignored material and more long-ignored material.
June 17, 2021

Interview: Sabina Brukner on the Folksbiene’s Yiddish Women Playwrights Festival

The National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene recently launched its Yiddish Women Playwrights Festival with a reading of Chava Rosenfarb’s drama of the Vilna Ghetto, Der foygl fun geto.
June 14, 2021

The Dybbuk of COVID

The Congress for Jewish Culture’s YouTube Live performance of Der dibek (The Dybbuk), presented in Yiddish, premiered on December 14, 2020, in honor of the play’s 100th anniversary.
April 12, 2021

Why Wikidata is Good for Yiddish Theatre Research

Part two of two on how the digital humanities can inspire the world of Yiddish theatre.