Joel Schechter: MESSIAHS OF 1933: HOW AMERICAN YIDDISH THEATRE SURVIVED ADVERSITY THROUGH SATIRE
Joel Schechter has rediscovered the funny and often politically-charged plays of the American Yiddish theatre of the 1930's. In MESSIAHS OF 1933 he celebrates the once-famous writers and actors and their satire, their radical imagination, and their commitment to social change. Schechter greatly enlarges our understanding of Yiddish theatre and culture in the United States. He examines the innovative stage performances created by the Artef Collective, the Modicut Puppeteers, and the Yiddish Unit of the Federal Theatre Project. He introduces contemporary readers to some of the most popular theatre actors of the 30's. The book includes photographs and contemporary comic strips, along with the first English-language publication of excerpts from the featured plays. Joel Schechter is professor of theater arts at San Francisco State University and has written many book about satirists and circus clowns.
Schechter writes the "Radical Yiddish" column for the journal JEWISH CURRENTS.
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