Shulamis is Harvard's first-ever bilingual Yiddish operetta,
on stage this December at the Agassiz Theater.
A century after the death of the Father of Yiddish Theater,
Avrom Goldfaden, a group of Harvard University students is
preparing a revival of his most famous Yiddish operetta â
Shulamis. This landmark bilingual production of Shulamis
will premiere in Harvardâs historic Agassiz Theater December
2 - 6, 2009, nearly seventy years after Shulamis opened as
the very last production of interwar Yiddish theatre in Warsaw.
While wandering thirsty through the desert, beautiful young
Shulamis is rescued by handsome Avsholem, who swears to
marry her upon his return from Jerusalem. When Avsholem
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
Yiddish operetta of love and deception, of the price of
revenge and the power of forgiveness.
Featuring a new English translation by renowned Yiddish
translator Nahma Sandrow, a haunting musical score compiled
by Folksbiene artistic director Zalmen Mlotek, 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.
December 2, 3, 5, and 6 at 8 PM
Matinee December 6 at 2 PM
All performances will take place in Harvard's historic
Agassiz Theater in picturesque Radcliffe Yard 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.
Tickets: $15 general, $10 students/seniors. Discounts are
available for groups of ten or more.
Tickets on sale now at the Harvard Box Office: 617-496-2222
or online at www.shulamis.org.