Readers Theatre

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About Theatre Chevruta

Theatre is an exploration of culture, entertainment, and ideas, shared by the audience and performers. Chevruta is an exploration of the Talmud, shared by two people. Theatre Chevruta, through its productions and supplemental offerings (post-show talkbacks, preview lectures and discussions, etc.), exists to let audience and performers explore important, entertaining, and often unfamiliar offerings of Jewish theatre--Yiddish theatre, Israeli theatre, new works, obscured classics, and more.

Theatre Chevruta's Premiere Season, 2013-2014: A Taste of Yiddish Theatre

For its first season, Theatre Chevruta presents staged readings of two iconic Jewish plays: Tevya and His Daughters, in December 2013, and God of Vengeance, in March 2014.

What is a staged reading? A staged reading is a fully cast, fully rehearsed presentation of a play with scripts in hand. Particularly popular in the development of new works and the revisiting of obscure works, the absence of lighting, sets, and costumes allows the focus to be on the actors and the words.

God of Vengeance by Donald Margulies
an English-language adaptation of the iconic Yiddish play by Sholem Asch

Directed by Doug Brook

Saturday, March 8th | 8:00pm -- get tickets at the door; tickets no longer available online
Sunday, March 9th | 2:00pm -- get tickets at the door; tickets no longer available online

In Margulies' English-language adaptation of one of the most iconic and controversial plays from the Yiddish theatre, Jack Chapman runs a brothel on the first floor of his tenement and while he is prosperous, he is not virtuous. For his daughter Rivkele, however, Jack aspires for something more--respectability through her marriage to a religious scholar. But Rivkele's tender love affair with Manke, one of Jack's prostitutes, threatens to destroy the upcoming marriage, and with it, Jack's dream of redemption.

Tickets are $10 for JCC members, $8 for students and seniors, and $15 general admission. Enjoy a talkback with the director and actors after the Sunday performance. For more information, contact Jenessa at 408.357.7411 or cjll@svjcc.org.

Tickets are available at the door for Sunday's matinee.


Co-sponsored by Keshet. Working for the full equality and inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Jews in Jewish life.


God of Vengeance

The Cast

Sara -- Diane Milo

Rivkele -- Sara Morris

Manke -- Stina Mattson

Hindl -- Suska Varda

Basha -- Danni Horwitz

Reyzl -- Kristen Carder

Jack -- Tom Shamrell

Shloyme -- Steven Dick

Eli -- Rabbi James Greene

Aaron (Scribe) -- Charlie Marr

Orthodox Man -- Steven Dick

Prospective In-Law -- Charlie Marr


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