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Awake & Singing - Six Great American Jewish Plays

Awake & Singing - Six Great American Jewish Plays $19.99

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Ellen Schiff - ed

Published by Applause Books

Awake & Singing - Six Great American Jewish Plays - Counsellor-at-Law by Elmer Rice & Awake and Sing! by Clifford Odets & Morning Star by Sylvia Regan & The Tenth Man by Paddy Chayefsky & Conversations with My Father by Herb Gardner & Broken Glass by Arthur Miller

Jewish playwrights and plays of Jewish interest intended for general audiences have been increasingly conspicuous on the American stage since the early 20th century

The evolution of Jewish life in America teems with richly dramatic material - immigration, "making it," intergenerational family relationships, the impact of the Great Depression, two World Wars, the Holocaust, the establishment of Israel, and the emergence of feminism and alternative life styles

And pre-eminently and enduringly, the dilemma of identity - how to acculturate without losing one's Jewish identity. A retrospective of the American Jewish repertoire of the last 80 years tells us a good deal about how Jews have perceived themselves and America and how America has perceived Jews

Schiff's collections, Awake and Singing (1995) and Fruitful and Multiplying (1996) were the first ever to represent the magnitude and importance of the American Jewish repertoire

This new edition brings together five plays from those pioneering anthologies. They are joined by Broken Glass, Arthur Miller's first play to focus specifically on deeply disturbing American Jewish problems - assimilation, self-hatred and terrified awareness of the Nazi threat to European co-religionists

The introductory essay provides a cultural and historical overview and there are generous headnotes to each play

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