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Description - Yiddish Queen Lear / Woman of the Moon by Julie Pascal

New York in the late 1930's. A once-famous Yiddish actress gives her theatre business over to her three daughters. A story of love, infidelity, betrayal and exile inspired by Shakespeare's King Lear, this new play with music examines the moment when Jewish East European and American cultures mix on the eve of the Holocaust. Pascal shows the clash and connections between two worlds in a vibrant, funny and tragic play. The Yiddish Queen Lear is a free reworking of Shakespeare and a homage to the lost world of Yiddish theatre. The language of the shtetl, given dramatic form in Eastern Europe and exported by emigrants to New York, gave voice to a rich and varied theatrical tradition until its culture was wiped out during the war. Pascal takes us on a whistlestop tour of the full range, from sparkling music-hall comedy and plaintive song to improvisation, while showing an endearing lack of reverence for her subject. The Yiddish Queen Lear opened in April 1999 at the Southwark Playhouse, London, and again in September 2001 at the Bridewell Theatre. "A fascinating and enjoyable evening" The Guardian; "This is a raw play...prepare to leave exhausted and angry" TNT Magazine"

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781840022537
ISBN-10: 1840022531
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 130mm x mm)
Pages: 104
Imprint: Oberon Modern Plays
Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Julie Pascal

Julia Pascal's plays are edgy personal and political dramas often connected to Jewish culture and history. From British collaboration with the Nazis on the Channel Islands to current Palestinian-Israeli conflicts, they explore the complexity of the most highly-charged conflicts of our age. These texts range from dance-theatre Expressionism to naturalism and often offer large roles to women which challenge stereotypes. The plays have an international dimension. Year Zero is set in Vichy France. St Joan in London and Paris. The Dybbuk takes place in Eastern European ghetto. Crossing Jerusalem is 24 hours in the life of a Jerusalem family. Honeypot is a spy story situated in Stockholm and Paris. Styles range from cabaret to thriller. And always there is sharp dialogue that is often darkly funny as well as disturbing. The plays have been staged in the UK, the USA, Belgium, France, Germany and Sweden.