The Golem


H Leivick adapted David Fishelson from a translation by Joseph C Landis

Published by Dramatists Play Service

2 Female

Drenched in the magic and mystery of the Kabbala, The Golem retells the legend of a sixteenth-century Rabbi in Prague who defies God when he molds and animates a huge clay figure to defend the Jewish community from attack

Written in Yiddish in 1921 by Russian expatriate H. Leivick, The Golem was astonishingly prophetic of the events of the Holocaust and the birth of the State of Israel

In the wake of September 11th, the play carries with it even more powerful echoes of the dilemmas faced by our civilization today, especially the notion of whether we're forced to resort to violence to survive. Originally a daunting four hours in length, this new version clocks in at an economical one hour and twenty minutes

"Daring, stirring, eloquent ... Accomplishes something that few contemporary productions even attempt: It teaches us about the world we live in. New York is lucky to have this fascinating show" - Time Out

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