God of Vengeance


“Diabolical ingenuity and rueful tenderness…a playwright with a particularly pungent and intelligent vision.”

Ben Brantley, New York Times

 “A vivid panorama of a Lower East Side street scene crammed with grimy tenements, riotous store fronts and packed pushcarts…epic theatre…a fascinating new adaptation of Sholom Asch’s 1906 drama.”

Malcolm Johnson, Hartford Courant

Got fun Nekome (God of Vengeance): an intimate reading in Yiddish

Directed by Rachelle Glait

The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre proudly presents and intimate reading of the play, God of Vengeance (Got fun nekome). In this masterpiece by Sholem Asch, a classic of the Yiddish theatre, Yankl and his wife Soreh run a brothel in their basement but dream of a life of respectability for their daughter, Rivkeleh. But late one night, Rivkeleh makes a fateful decision that sets into motion a series of events that lead to tragic consequences.

Written in 1906, Got fun Nekome caused a flurry of scandal and controversy. Hailed by some as an essential work of Jewish culture and declared "filthy", "immoral", and "indecent” by others, the cast of the original production was arrested on the grounds of obscenity. It remains a timeless exploration of religion, societal mores, and morality.

Presented in Yiddish with English and French supertitles.

Very limited seating available.





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