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shulamis, Agassiz Theater, Cambridge, MA, December 6, 2009

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 – Shulamis. This landmark bilingual production of Shulamis will premiere in Harvard’s 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.

Performance dates:

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.

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