The Dybbuk

December 9 – December 13
December 9 - 20, Wed. - Sat. 7 PM, Sunday 3 PM

Crystal Field, Executive Director

In association with
New Yiddish Rep presents

By S. An-ski (Shloyme Zaynvl Rapoport) writer, ethnographer, and revolutionary
Adapted by David Mandelbaum
Directed by Jesse Freedman

December 9 – 13
Wed. – Sat. 7 PM, Sunday 3 PM


The Dybbuk is arguably the most well-known play in the Yiddish theater lexicon. It was premiered on December 9, 1920 by the Vilna Trupe at the Eizeum theater in Warsaw. It’s success catapulted that company onto the international stage. It has since been translated into 27 languages and performed worldwide. This December 9th, we will celebrate it’s 100th birthday with a live performance streamed from Theater For The New City.

A play about possession seems particularly suited to the times. The country has been possessed by the evil spirits of strife and division and could use a good exorcism to bring it back to its senses. Apropos, the play is at its core a love story exploring the metaphysical aspect of love; the fusion of two souls, kept apart in our world of illusion, they choose to ascend as one to the true world.

The play will be performed in English with a liberal peppering of Yiddish. Subtitles will be provided where appropriate.

Theater For The New City, one of the only true community-oriented theaters left in New York, has opened its doors to a small group of devoted actors and designers to bring you live theater.

Darrel Blackburn, Amy Coleman, Hannah Gee, Lev Harvey, Lucie Allouche, David Mandelbaum, Thomas Morris.

TECHNICAL CREDITS: Lighting by Alexander Bartieneff, sound by Eamon Goodman, video by Tatiana Stolpovskaya, programmer Taylor Edelle Stuart, Stage Manager Eric Alexie Cruz.


This link will provide access to watch the performance. All tickets are pay-what-you-can $5 – $36.