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Hopkins Student’s Yiddish/English Play Debuts

April 6, 2012

Inspired by the erotic story “Teibele And Hurmizah” by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Johns Hopkins University student Tamar Nachmany has adapted the story into a play that incorporates a congruous mix of English and Yiddish.

Aided by a grant from the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship at Johns Hopkins, Nachmany embarked on a journey to research the presence of Yiddish theater in society over time and the result is her version of Singer’s story. Throughout the play Nachmany employs short bursts of Yiddish coupled with English in an effort to include both Yiddish and non-Yiddish audience members in the theatrical experience. Although adapted to suit contemporary audiences, the play will still retain the essence of Yiddish culture, and will explore the strong undertones of sexuality that conflict with the religion of the Jewish community.

The play, with accompanying music from Charm City Klezmer, will be performed on April 13 and 14 at the Arellano Theater at Johns Hopkins University, April 19 at the Jewish Museum of Maryland, and April 21 at the Bell Foundry at 1539 N. Calvert St. (Station North). The shows will open with Talmudic standup by the poet Alexander Nemser and a short screening of Mugi Takei‘s erotic, stop-motion animations. More information can be found on the Facebook page; all shows are free.

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