MALTHOUSE THEATRE PRESENTS YENTL

by | Jan 19, 2024

Based on the original Yiddish short story by Isaac Bashevis Singer

WINNER OF FOUR GREEN ROOM AWARDS INCLUDING OUTSTANDING WRITING AND OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE.

After a triumphant debut in 2022, garnering wide acclaim, four Green Room Awards and numerous five-star reviews—Malthouse is proud to present a return season of Kadimah Yiddish Theatre’s Yentl. This new stage adaptation of Nobel Prize laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer’s iconic short story is the first since the 1975 Broadway play and Barbra Streisand’s iconic 1983 musical film.

Yentl is the journey of a young woman who defies the Jewish orthodox tradition that forbids females from studying religious scripture. When her father dies, Yentl emancipates herself by dressing in male guise, determined to live as a man to continue her studies. Religion, gender, sexual politics, and traditional Yiddish culture collide as Yentl finds her truth through faith and love.

Directed by Gary Abrahams and co-written by Gary Abrahams, Elise Hearst, and Kadimah Yiddish Theatre Artistic Co-Director Galit Klas, and starring Amy Hack, Nicholas Jaquinot, Evelyn Krape, and Genevieve Kingsford, Yentl is an ode to the feminist undertones and queer subtext of the original story and an invitation to celebrate the beauty of Yiddish culture.

February 29 – March 17

malthousetheatre.com.au

Image: Mark Gambino

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