20 2017

Vortkunst: The Art of the Yiddish Word

7:00PM - 8:30PM  

Theater 220, Simons Center for the Arts 54 St. Philip Street

Contact Mark Swick

Shane Baker, the best-loved Episcopalian on the Yiddish stage today, shares his favorite materials culled from two decades on the Yiddish stage, with an emphasis on a uniquely Yiddish performance style. The show will include The Yiddish Bullfight Poem; Baker’s one man impersonation of a pot of beans cooking on a stove; and a monologue by Sholem Aleichem, the best-loved Yiddish author of all time and creator of Tevye the Dairyman (Fiddler on the Roof). Baker recently returned from a world tour presenting the works of Sholem Aleichem in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his death (Sholem Aleichem’s, not Baker’s). The New York Times called his Yiddish translation of Waiting for Godot, in which he also costarred as Vladimir, even more depressing than Beckett’s original.’

In addition to acting in, translating, and adapting works for the Yiddish stage, the multi-talented Shane Baker also serves as director of the Congress for Jewish Culture, a Yiddish publishing and educational organization based in New York.

Sponsor: Jewish Studies Program