The Dybbuk, regarded as the greatest classic of Yiddish drama, depicts a young bride in a Polish shtetl who is possessed by the spirit – a dybbuk– of her dead beloved. Written in 1914 by S. Ansky and directed by Seattle Jewish Theater Company artistic director, Art Feinglass, The Dybbuk tells a story, rooted in Jewish folklore, of love caught between two worlds and a Jewish community dealing with mysterious, other-worldly forces.
Ansky wrote the play after a fact-finding tour through the Jewish communities of the Pale of Settlement and his fascination with rabbinical wisdom, spirituality and Jewish folklore are clearly evident in the play.
The bride, Leah, though betrothed by her ambitious father to a wealthy stranger, yearns for troubled young scholar Chonen. 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, there is a heavy price to pay for delving into secret things.
In the 100 years since it’s creation, The Dybbuk has become a canonical work of Hebrew and Yiddish theatre and has been translated into dozens of languages and intrigued audiences around the world. The play will be performed in Yiddish at locations throughout the Seattle area.
SJTC Invited to Perform at the 36th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy at the Seattle Sheraton, August 9
Preview Performances at Seattle Public Library’s Northeast Branch July 24 and Kenyon Hall in West Seattle, July 30
We’re pleased to announce that the Seattle Jewish Theater Company has been invited to reprise our performance of the off-Broadway hit, From Door to Door for a global audience at the 36th annual conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies (IAJGS), attended by some 1,000 people at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel, on Tuesday evening, August 9.
When SJTC brought the play to Jewish venues throughout the Seattle area two years ago, audience response was very enthusiastic. If you missed it then or would like to see it again, we’re also performing the play at the Seattle Public Library’s Northeast branch on Sunday afternoon, 2:00 – 4:00, July 24 (free admission, reservations at SeattleJewishTheaterCompany@gmail.com) and at Kenyon Hall in West Seattle on Saturday night, 7:30 – 9:30, July 30 (information and reservations at http://kenyonhall.org.)
Written by award-winning playwright James Sherman, and directed by SJTC artistic director Art Feinglass, From Door to Door is a bittersweet comedy that follows the lives of three generations of Jewish women from poor immigrant to successful American. The play takes its title from the Hebrew song “L’dor V’dor” Hebrew for “from generation to generation.” It examines what it means to grow up Jewish and to love those closest to, and most like, ourselves.
The play will be performed by three talented local actors, Leah Vetter, Natalie Schmidt, and Alice Bridgforth, who appeared in the earlier production. All performances will be followed by an audience discussion with the director and cast.
SJTC Presents “Jewish History Live” at the IAJGS Conference, August 7
The company will also present its Jewish History Live program in which SJTC actors will portray actual Jewish immigrants who came to Seattle from areas as disparate as Turkey, Rhodes and Russia in the early 1900’s and Germany in the 1930’s. They will engage conference attendees in conversation, tell their personal stories and share their dreams for their new lives in America. The program was a hit at the Museum of History and Industry where it was performed two years ago for the Washington State Jewish Historical Society gala and it promises to be be a great way to tell the Seattle Jewish community’s story to the international audience of conference attendees.
At “From Door To Door” Rehearsal
Seattle Premiere Spring 2016
Morning Star follows a family of Jewish immigrants in New York City, from 1910 to 1931. Their struggles epitomize the immigrant experience as they encounter the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, World War I, the Great Depression, and the labor movement. A critical and commercial success when it premiered on Broadway in1940, the play has become a classic, revived with successful runs in New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv and Buenos Aires.
“Wry, funny and often times heart-breaking, Morning Star is a beautiful piece of theater and a lesson in respecting the people whose lives and dreams comprise American history.” Chicago Sun-Times
Saturday, March 12, 8:00 p.m. University Prep Theater, 8000 25th Avenue NE, Seattle (Wedgwood). Sponsored by Temple Beth Am and Congregation Beth Shalom. Tickets $15/$10 at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2489241
Saturday, March 19, 7:30 p.m. Kenyon Hall, 7904 35th Avenue Southwest, Seattle (West Seattle). Tickets $14 – $5 at www.kenyonhall.org
Sunday, March 27 2:00 p.m. Seattle Public Library, Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Avenue, Seattle (free admission) https://www.spl.org/calendar-of-events.
Sunday, April 3, 2:00 p.m. Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St. Bellevue (See TBT flyer below) https://www.templebnaitorah.org/whats_happening
Friday, April 8, 1:30 p.m. Preview at Seattle Jewish Film Festival, SJCC,3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island. www.SJCC.org
Sunday, April 10, 2:00 p.m. Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S. Brandon Street, Seattle (Seward Park) Tickets $15/$10 at http://www.ezrabessaroth.net/
Thursday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island. Community Partners: Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State and The Summit Tickets $15/$10 at, http://sjcc.org/cultural-arts/theater/
Becky Feldeman Lori Stein
Fanny Felderman Deborah Hathaway
Irving Tishman Andy Kaplan
Sadie Felderman Emma Wilkinson
Aaron Greenspan Stephen Montsaroff
Harry Engel Dani Michael Miller
Myron Engel Adrien “Mick” Gamache
Esther Felderman Daisy Schreiber
Hymie Felderman at 13 Sophie Klemond
Hymie Felderman at 19 John Paul DeGennaro
Hymie Tashman at 13 James Brammer
Benjamin Brownstein Marc Mayo
Kathleen Connelly Mary Brown
Director Art Feinglass
Stage Manager Brendan O’Connor
House Manager Joan Golston
Costume Designer Ede Bookstein
Just in time for Passover, a new children’s book
by SJTC artistic director Art Feinglass
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.
Arthur Feinglass wrote The Afikoman Adventure as a Passover present for his grandsons Milo and Eli. His previous books include The Lonesome Dreidel, written as a Chanukah present for his grandchildren Talya and Aitan. Born in New York, he lived on a kibbutz in Israel’s Negev desert and later taught Jewish Literature and Film at Hebrew Union College in New York before becoming a full-time playwright and producer. He is the founder and artistic director of the Seattle Jewish Theater Company.
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