Lecture Series: "The World of Yiddish Theater" with Professor Debra Caplan
The World of Yiddish Theater is a downloadable lecture series by Debra Caplan, assistant professor of theater at Baruch College, CUNY. Professor Caplan will be your guide in this entrée into the history of Yiddish theater and dramatic literature, from early works and Purim plays to the "Father of Yiddish Theater," Avrom Goldfaden; from Yiddish theater’s arrival in America to its modernist turn in Europe between the two World Wars.
This product includes:
- Lecture guide with suggested reading list
- Lecture 1 - "The Seat of Scoffers: Jewish Theater as Cultural Frontier”
- Lecture 2 - "Big, Bold, & Musical: Avrom Goldfaden’s Visionary Yiddish Stage"
- Lecture 3 - "A Golden Age in the Golden Land: Yiddish Theater in America"
- Lecture 4 - "Nomadic Chutzpah: The Vilna Troupe, Yiddish Theater, and the Avant-Garde"
- Bonus video: "Yiddish Theater Song Workshop"
Altogether, this product includes approximately 300 minutes of video.
Once you purchase this product, you will receive an email from "Yiddish Book Center Store" with a link to download the lectures, as well as a separate emailed receipt. The link may be used up to three times before it expires, and each video can be downloaded up to three times.
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Debra Caplan is assistant professor of theater at Baruch College, CUNY. She began studying Yiddish as an intern at the Yiddish Book Center in 2004 and now holds a PhD in Yiddish from Harvard University. A historian of Yiddish theater and drama, she focuses on Jewish theatrical travel and global artistic networks. Her work has appeared in Theatre Survey, Theatre Journal, Modern Drama, Comparative Drama, New England Theatre Journal, Aschkenas, American Theatre Magazine, and Pakn Treger, where she is a frequent contributor. She is co-founder of the Digital Yiddish Theatre Project (yiddishstage.org), an international consortium of fifteen scholars and librarians dedicated to applying digital tools to the study of Yiddish theater and drama. Caplan is also a dramaturg, director, and theater translator who has worked with Target Margin Theater, the New Yiddish Rep, and the Folksbiene. Her first book, Yiddish Empire: The Vilna Troupe, Jewish Theater, and the Art of Itinerancy, was recently published by the University of Michigan Press.