A JEWISH IMMIGRANT’s QUIXOTIC ATTEMPT TO PUBLISH A CONTROVERSIAL BOOK
Run Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
New Yiddish Rep — New York’s daring producer of contemporary theater that has added several landmark productions to the Yiddish canon in recent years — presents the world premiere of “The Gospel According to Chaim.”
Written by Mikhl Yashinsky, this striking new drama (in Yiddish with English supertitles) features a young cast led by Melissa Weisz (Unorthodox, “Felix & Meira”). Also featured are Joshua Horowitz and Sruli Rosenberg, both in their professional theatre debuts, and Yashinsky who just appeared in “Amid Falling Walls.” Weisz, and Rosenberg are both native Yiddish speakers who grew up in Orthodox communities in New York.
As thrilling theatrically as it is thought-provoking due to its iconoclastic story, “The Gospel According to Chaim” introduces us to an obscure Yiddish writer from Baltimore who translated the New Testament into Yiddish and was turned down by every publisher he approached. Undeterred he learned the art of printing himself, producing an elegantly illustrated manuscript, which nobody wanted to read. This is the 33-year old Yashinsky’s full-length playwriting debut.
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