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God of Vengeance - Full Length Play

God of Vengeance

Donald Margulies, Joachim Neugroschel, Sholom Asch

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9m, 8f

ISBN: 9780822219309

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies has transported Sho…

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Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies has transported Sholom Asch's 1906 Yiddish melodrama from Asch's native Poland to the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1923 and in the process has transformed a classic morality tale into a drama of spellbinding power and sweep. Jack Chapman lives on the second floor of his tenement with his ex-prostitute wife, Sara, and seventeen-year-old daughter, Rivkele, and runs a brothel downstairs. The brothel has made Jack prosperous, but he aspires to something more—respectability, and towards that end, he hopes to marry his precious daughter to a Talmudic scholar. But the sheltered Rivkele has struck up a friendship with Manke, Jack's most-desired prostitute, and the gentle and genuine love affair that develops between the two young women threatens to destroy Jack's dreams for the future.
"…[a] colorful evocation of the Lower East Side in the '20s and [a play of] indisputable historical significance…" —Variety. "A vivid panorama of a Lower East Side street scene crammed with grimy tenements, riotous store fronts and packed pushcarts…epic theater…[a] fascinating new adaptation of Sholom Asch's 1906 drama…" —Hartford Courant.


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Sholom Asch

Jewish playwright and novelist Sholom Aschwas born in Poland in 1880. He first came to the United States in 1909, was naturalized in 1920, and lived in Europe and the United States, settling in Israel in 1956. One of the most widely known Yiddish writers, he won his first success with the play The God of Vengeance, produced by Max Reinhardt in Berlin in 1910 and given productions in many languages ... view full profile

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