A dramatization of the unbelievable but true story of how an unemployed Hebrew teacher not only changed Yiddish language and culture forever, but also revolutionized the scientific study of the Bible while living with a Cardinal of the Catholic Church. If Jewish culture was the blues, Elye Bokher was Mississippi John Hurt and the Christian world was one big white blues band. The show incorporates parts of the Bove Bukh, his Yiddish epic about knights and ladies, and the source of the Yiddish term, bobe mayse, as well as scenes from the author’s life. It also examines notions of true and false, authenticity and annexation. It has songs, chants, monsters, jokes, and lots of costume changes. All with human actors, puppets, processions, songs, dances and original music.
Faculty: Jenny Romaine, Michael Wex & Alan Bern
Level: All Levels