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"Kaddish (or The Key in the Window)" by The Adaptations Project
4th Street Theatre
New York, NY
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"Kaddish (or The Key in the Window)" by The Adaptations Project
The Adaptations Project presents
"Kaddish (or The Key in the Window)"
Based on the poem by Allen Ginsberg

Created & Performed by Donnie Mather*
Directed by Kim Weild
Scenic & Lighting Design by Brian H Scott
Soundscape by Darron L West
Projection Design by C. Andrew Bauer
Costume Design by Terese Wadden

Allen Ginsberg's poem springs to life in this multimedia memory play.  A son mourns the death of his mother.  He wrestles with painful memories of her battles with mental illness and the guilt of signing for her lobotomy.  Ginsberg's stream-of-conscious narrative is a moving story of loss, family, and the grace that comes from confronting one's own mortality.  This production marks the 50th Anniversary of the poem's publication.

"Mather is almost unbearably moving" - BackStage, David Sheward

"Vibrates with invocatory power" - The Village Voice, Christopher Grobe

"Riveting...I can't remember being so moved by both actor and play in a very long time.  Less than halfway through "Kaddish" I had to put my pen down, so mesmerized was I by Donnie Mather's extraordinary performance." - One Magazine

"Mather is hauntingly beautiful.  His every spoken word is painful yet tender; depressing yet hopeful.  The memories flow from his lips like water from a fountain - a continuous and chaotic cascade of emotion and passion.  Donnie executes flawlessly with a keen awareness of the subject, his thoughts and fears, and his demeanor and tone...It's not every day that you can experience this depth of performance.  The experience is further magnified by the simple set and intentionally varied lighting (Brian H Scott), ingeniously timed and well placed video projections (C. Andrew Bauer) and eerie soundscape (Darron L West, Stowe Nelson) all in such an intimate and close space." - Act Three The Reviews, Doug Marino

"[Mather] speaks so poignantly to audiences in this dramatic form that it could well go on to future New York productions...Mather gives endless variety to his performance..."Kaddish" is a fine tribute, not only to Naomi Ginsberg, but to the poet as well.  And, indeed, to the off-off-Broadway scene." -,, Irene Backalenick

"Vivid...Donnie Mather brings the work's hallucinatory language to life." [Editor's Pick] - FlavorPill, John Peacock

"Mather conveys masterfully...Frankly mesmerizing to watch" - EdgeNewYork

Closing matinee Sunday Oct. 9

Join performer Donnie Mather & director Kim Weild with special guests for a series of brief post-show discussions.
Oct. 1 Saturday Matinee
Oct. 4 with special guest author John Tytell, Queens College
Oct. 5 with special guest Bob Rosenthal of The Allen Ginsberg Estate
Oct. 7 with Mather & Weild

"Kaddish (or The Key in the Window)" is made possible with special permission by The Allen Ginsberg Estate.

The Adaptations Project creates a theatrical body of work based on unusual source material by an ever-growing roster of Associate Artists.  Founded in 2011 by Donnie Mather, The Adaptations Project adapts New Forms of storytelling to create New Works for a New Century.  

For more information, visit
Twitter @ AdaptProject

Support the work of The Adaptations Project.  Make a Tax-Deductible Donation here:

Originally workshopped in 2009, this production was presented by
a production of THE PRESENT COMPANY.

* Appears courtesy of Actor's Equity.
This is an approved Equity Showcase.

SPECIAL NEEDS: Theatre is NOT wheelchair accessible. Entrance to the first floor theatre includes a stoop of stairs.



4th Street Theatre (View)
83 East 4th Street (2nd Ave & Bowery)
New York, NY 10003
United States

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Minimum Age: 14
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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