Sun Feb 28 2021


Pacific Time
11:00 am - 12:45 pm


Presented by KlezCalifornia
Co-presented by Chochmat HaLev and Jewish Community Library

The Purim Masked Comedy, with Bruce Bierman

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 Commedia Dell’arte. We will explore precise character shtick handed down for centuries, how to bring a mask alive, and how to act out all our earthly ridiculous human foibles through the characters of Haman, Esther, King Ahashveyres and Mordechai. Radically inclusive. All are welcome. Wear comfortable clothes to be ridiculous in and if you have any kind of mask, please bring it along!

About Bruce Bierman»

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