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The Golem - Full Length Play

The Golem

H. Leivick, David Fishelson, Joseph C. Landis

Full Length Play

ISBN: 9780822218999

Drenched in the magic and mystery of the Kabbala, THE GOLEM retells th…

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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.
"A fabulous tale, excitingly staged—its power comes from the stunning reality the play reflects." —NY Times. "A monster hit: makes us think and feel…A powerful, thoughtful, gripping, disturbing production." —NY Post. "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 NY. "Reverberates with the latest headlines…The play's power resides in its evocations." —Village Voice. "Still resonates today…Addresses religious intolerance, the longing for peace and the necessity of war." —NY Newsday.

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