Vilna's Got a Golem

by  Jeff Warschauer, Ernest Joselovitz

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  6m, 2f

Winner! Philadelphia's Barrymore Award for Best New Play

"A confident, carefully thought out work [that] translates Brechtian distancing techniques into a deceptively chipper American style." - The New York Times

"Fiercely topical, h…

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    6m, 2f
  • Accolades

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    Winner! Philadelphia's Barrymore Award for Best New Play

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A traveling Jewish theatrical troup encounters a government emissary when they perform their original play based on the classic story of the golem in a small town in Czarist Russian. Is the play subversive? It's performed in Yiddish though the audience hears English, so the Russian official must rely on an actor to translated for him. He is fed a humorously softened version of the witty allegory about government interference with the arts. Eventually dissension breaks out between those actors who want to give the defiant play as it is written and those who want to do an inoffensive comedy.
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Accolades

  • Winner! Philadelphia's Barrymore Award for Best New Play

Reviews

"A confident, carefully thought out work [that] translates Brechtian distancing techniques into a deceptively chipper American style." - The New York Times

"Fiercely topical, hugely theatrical and unnervingly funny." - Variety

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

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  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music

Casting

6m, 2f

ZEBI- the comic star.

ZAVEL- his younger brother, who is-due to recent events- a psychopath

ZEIZEL- their uncle, who plays- among others- the Rabbi

ENZO- a cousin, who is very big, and plays the Golem

ISAAC & ISADOR- more cousins, who play a variety of roles

VASHA- wife of Zebi, who plays - among others- the wife of Zebi 

Shulamis- their aunt, who is often the play's narrators 

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All necessary music materials can be found at the back of the acting edition. 

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Jeff Warschauer

Jeff Warschauer

Ernest Joselovitz

Ernest Joselovitz

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