Auditions for The Dybbuk in November
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company will hold auditions for its spring 2017 production of The Dybbuk, regarded as the greatest classic of Jewish drama, in Seattle in mid-November. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Cast members do not have to be Jewish. To schedule an audition contact SJTC artistic director, Art Feinglass, SeattleJewishTheaterCompany@gmail.com.
The Seattle premiere of The Dybbuk, written by S. Ansky and directed by Art Feinglass, will be performed, on weekends in April and the first weekend of May. Rehearsals will be held on two weekday evenings and on Sunday afternoons in January, February and March. Cast members will not need to be at every rehearsal. The play will be performed in English.
Leah, female, daughter of a rich merchant 20’s
Frieda, female, Leah’s nurse, 40’s – 60’s
Gittel and Batya, Leah’s friends, teens – 20’s
Chonen, male, a poor student, in love with Leah, 20’s
Sender, male, a rich merchant, Leah’s father, 40’s – 60’s
The Messenger, male, a mysterious traveler, 40’s – 60’s
Meyer, male, gabbai in the Brinitz synagogue, 40’s – 70’s
Rabbi Azriel, male, a sage and miracle working rabbi, 50’s – 70’s
Michiel, male, Rabbi Azriel’s assistant, 30’s – 50’s
Rabbi Shimshon, male Chief Rabbi of Miropel, 40’s – 70’s
Menashe, male, Leah’s betrothed, 20’s
Nachman, male, Menashe’s father, 40’s – 60’o
Hanoch, male, student, friend of Chanan, 20’s
Nissan, male, former student, 30’s
Two religious judges, male, 40’s – 60’s
Three idlers in the study hall, male, 20’s -50’s
Hasidim and Poor Villagers, male and female, 20’s – 60’s
The Dybbuk tells the story of a young bride in a Polish shtetl who is possessed by the spirit – a dybbuk– of her dead beloved. It is a story, rooted in Jewish folklore, of love caught between two worlds and a Jewish community dealing with mysterious, other-worldly forces.
The bride, Leah, though betrothed by her ambitious father to a wealthy stranger, yearns for Chonen, a troubled young scholar. Chonen’s frustration at being thwarted in love drives him to the secrets of the Kabbalah which he believes can unlock the hidden powers of the universe and enable him to marry Leah. But, as the plot unfolds, he finds there is a heavy price to pay for delving into secret things.
Ansky wrote the play after a fact-finding tour through the Jewish communities of the Pale of Settlement in 1912-14, on the eve of the First World War. His fascination with rabbinical wisdom, spirituality and Jewish folklore are clearly evident in the play.
In the 100 years since it’s creation, The Dybbuk has become a canonical work of Hebrew and Yiddish theater, has been translated into dozens of languages and intrigued audiences around the world. The play will be performed in English. Performances will be followed by an audience discussion with the director and cast.
Performance Schedule, Spring 2017
Friday, March 31, 1:30 p.m., Preview at Seattle Jewish Film Festival, SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
Sunday, April 2, 2:00 p.m., University Prep Theater, 8000 25th Avenue NE, Seattle (Wedgwood). Sponsored by Temple Beth Am and Congregation Beth Shalom.
Saturday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., Kenyon Hall, 7904 35th Avenue Southwest, West Seattle.
Sunday, April 16, 2:00 p.m., Shalom Club at Trilogy, Redmond.
Sunday, April 23, 2:00 p.m., SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island.
Sunday, April 30, 2:00 p.m., Microsoft Auditorium, Central Branch, Seattle Public Library 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle.
Sunday, May 7, 3:00 p.m., Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St., Bellevue.
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company, now in its seventh year, brings classic and contemporary Jewish theater to the Seattle area.
Celebrate Chanukah and Passover with Children’s Books
by SJTC founder and artistic director Art Feinglass
When Talya and Aitan find a lost and lonely magical talking dreidel, they’re off on an exciting Chanukah adventure to find the little dreidel a new home. Along the way they meet a curious squirrel and a noisy crow, and learn how to play the dreidel game. But will they find the Lonesome Dreidel a good home in time for Chanukah? Beautifully illustrated, this is an engaging story for children ages 2-5 that includes a guide to playing the dreidel game.
Why is this seder night different from all other seder nights? Because tonight their search for the missing afikoman takes Milo and Eli on an adventure into a magical world where their toys come to life.
The seder cannot be completed until they retrieve the afikoman, but to do that they must hike a mountain trail, push through a jungle and cross a lake to a distant castle. On their adventure they engage in a banana fight with a troop of laughing monkeys, help a friendly snake find its lost tail and fend off an attack by the dreaded “thingamabobs.” Join Milo and Eli on their exciting quest in The Afikoman Adventure. Beautifully illustrated, this is an engaging story for children ages 3 – 8.
The Lonesome Dreidel and The Afikoman Adventure are available on Amazon at,