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Behind the Mask: Commedia dell’arte and the Purim Shpil
Just in time for Purim—a special course with Yiddish Theatre Ensemble director Bruce Bierman
Four Monday evenings: 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, and 3/28. 7-8:30pm Pacific Time
Welcome to a Yiddish theater experience creating the hilarious stock characters from Megiles Ester (The Book of Esther) with the whole body and voice! The roots of the Purim Shpil and Jewish theater reach back to the Medieval European mystery plays and the influence of the wildly popular buffoonery of the Italian Commedia Dell’arte. We will explore precise character shtik handed down for centuries, how to bring a mask alive, and discover the cross section between the stock characters of the Commedia dell’arte and the Book of Esther. All are welcome.
$80 for the full course.
For more information and registration, email Bruce Bierman.