Yiddish Theatre Forum [YTF]
Joel Berkowitz, Editor 
______________________________________________________Contents of Vol. 05.001

1) Ludwig Satz (Sheila Schechtman)
2) Symposium on The Dybbuk (Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett)

Date: December 28, 2005
From: Sheila Schechtman
Subject: Ludwig Satz

My mother in-law, Lena Satz Schechtman, was a cousin of Ludwig Satz the
Yiddish theater actor. At Ellis Island there is a large poster with his
picture, but that is the only information I have been able to get on him.
As far as my mother in-law is concerned, she was born Laja Satz in Rawa
Ruska, Poland. She arrived in this country at age 24 on 11/7/1921. She said
that she was from Austria. She died in 1965.? I am trying to get family
information and thought that perhaps I could add Ludwig Satz to the

Thank you.

Sheila Schechtman  sheilaesl@aoil.com

Date: January 16, 2006
From: Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

Subject: Symposium on The Dybbuk ??

The Dybbuk/ Between Two Worlds in Performance: Then and Now
A Symposium of Artists and Scholars

Friday 10 February, 2005: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

@ Department of Performance Studies, 721 Broadway, at Waverly, 6th fl,
Studio. Tisch School of the Arts, New York University Take the 6 to Astor
Place or the R to 8th Street.

Co-sponsored with the Jewish Theological Seminary of America

RSVP: Hebrew@jtsa.edu

The Dybbuk, written by S. Ansky nearly a century ago, is the most renowned
work of the Jewish dramatic canon. The play portrays a phantasmagorical old
world steeped in religious piety and occultism, where the normative
boundaries that separate the living and the dead, male and female, are
dissolved, and the frenzied desires of flesh and spirit fuse. Its tragic
love story arises from the everlasting potency of an unfulfilled oath, and
culminates in the transmigration of the pained soul of its protagonist,
Khonon, a young religious scholar immersed in Kabbalah, into the body of
Leah, his beloved.

This symposium will explore historical and contemporary approaches to the
staging of this classic work. The play's two foundational productions were
presented in Yiddish by the Vilna Troupe (Warsaw, 1920) and in Hebrew by
the Habima players (Moscow, 1922). The play was subsequently produced in
English and other languages in many parts of the world, and has inspired
important musical and dance pieces, as well as feature films. The symposium
will feature two contemporary artists, Zvika Serper and Liz Swados, clips
from the 1937 film version produced in Poland, and commentary by Carol
Martin, Edna Nahshon, David Roskies, Jeffrey Shandler, Karen Shimakawa, and
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett.


Zvika Serper is a theater director and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
and East Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University. His production of The Dybbuk
has been hailed by theater scholars "as an outstanding contribution to
contemporary experiments with intercultural performance." (Marvin Carlson)?
He will show a video of his production, followed by a

Liz Swados is Associate Teacher, Department of Drama, Tisch School of the
Arts, New York University. A renowned musician, director, and composer, she
has received five Tony-award nominations and three Obie awards for her
theatrical productions both on and off Broadway. She is currently creating
a new production of The Dybbuk with Drama students at NYU. She will present
her work in progress. http://www.lizswados.com/

Conference organizers:
Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Carol Martin, and Edna Nahshon


New York University:
Department of Performance Studies, Tisch School of the Arts
Department of Drama, Tisch School of the Arts
Working Group on Jews, Media, and Religion, Center for Religion and Media
Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program, Faculty of Arts and Science

Jewish Theological Seminary of America:
Seminar on Jews & Performance
Department of Hebrew Language
Department of Jewish Literature
Modern Jewish Studies Program


End of Yiddish Theatre Forum 05.001

Yiddish Theatre Forum

Joel Berkowitz, Editor

Leonard Prager, Senior Adviser

                     Editorial Board

Zachary Baker                Barbara Henry
Miroslawa Bulat              David Mazower
Avrom Greenbaum          Nina Warnke
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