Between Two Worlds/The Dybbuk 19 to 22 Feb 2004 at Center for Jewish History
Tue 30 Dec 2003 Between Two Worlds/The Dybbuk 19 to 22 Feb 2004 at Center for Jewish History Between Two Worlds/The Dybbuk new puppet adaptation of S. Ansky's 1920's 'The Dybbuk', adapted by Mark Levenson from the translation by S. Morris Engel, will be at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street (Off Broadway) from 19 to 22 Feb 2004. It is directed by Reg Bradley, produced by Tears of Joy Theatre / Yeshiva University Museum, designed by Mary Robinette Kowal and Christopher L. Harris, lighting by Lance Woolen and Sam Kusnetz, with costumes by Mary de la Salandra . The cast includes: Nancy Aldrich, Kris Bluett, Brian Keith, Lance Woolen Set in a small, nineteenth century Polish village, it combines a love story with supernatural suspense and courtroom drama to tell the story of a woman possessed by the spirit of her dead lover. When he refuses to leave her, a heavenly court must be convened and an exorcism attempted. 'The Dybbuk' has been adapted for film, opera, ballet, and been presented several times on Broadway. This production is the first to use puppets and masked actors to weave together the reality and fantasy of the classic folk tale. Between Two Worlds/The Dybbuk is staged using an adaptation of Japanese Bunraku theatre, in which visible puppeteers manipulate their puppets on a full stage. The central, visual metaphor for the play is the puppeteers hovering over and controlling their puppets, just as the spirits and ghosts of the story hover over and control the human characters. The production includes an original scoreï¿½ranging from klezmer to cantorialï¿½produceuced by Jack Falk of the Hungarian-based band Di Naye Kapelye.
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