The Harvard Yiddish Players proudly present
Abraham Goldfaden's Shulamis
Produced in cooperation with the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene
Directed by Debra Caplan and Cecelia Raker
In a new translation by Nahma Sandrow
and featuring a new musical score arranged by Zalmen Mlotek
The Harvard Yiddish Players proudly present a landmark bilingual production of the Yiddish operetta Shulamis, the most popular Yiddish play of all time. While wandering thirsty through the desert, the beautiful young Shulamis is rescued by the handsome Avisholem, who swears to marry her upon his return from Jerusalem. When Avisholem fails to come for her, Shulamis pretends to go mad in order to keep her vow to him, yearning both for his return and for revenge. Her choice is at the center of this timeless Biblical operetta of love and deception, of the price of revenge and the power of forgiveness.
Featuring a haunting new musical score by Folksbiene artistic director Zalmen Mlotek, a new English translation by renowned Yiddish translator Nahma Sandrow, a live orchestra, masks, and innovative choreography, Shulamis will charm and inspire both Yiddish theater aficionados and those who are new to the Yiddish theater.
All performances will take place in Harvard's historic Agassiz Theatre which is located in picturesque Radcliffe Yard on Garden Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Agassiz Theater is located just a few blocks from the Harvard Square T Station at 5 James Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.