Sun Mar 17 2024


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Co-presented by KlezCalifornia

The Dybbuk Century

A little over 100 years ago, the first production of An-sky’s The Dybbuk, a play about the possession of a young woman by a dislocated spirit, opened in Warsaw. In the century that followed, The Dybbuk became a theatrical conduit for a wide range of discourses about Jews, belonging, and modernity. This timeless Yiddish play about spiritual possession beyond the grave would go on to exert a remarkable and unforgettable impact on modern theater, film, literature, music, and culture. This talk, based on Dr. Caplan’s recently published co-edited volume The Dybbuk Century, will consider this remarkable history and the enduring influence of The Dybbuk.

Debra Caplan is associate professor of theater at Baruch College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. She specializes in modern Jewish theater and performance, with a focus on Yiddish theater.

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