God Of Vengeance (Got Fun Nekome)
The run is SOLD OUT. All tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Latecomers may not be seated.
We offer a standby list at the door and do our best to seat as many guests as possible. The standby list is processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The box office opens 1 hour before curtain:
- 2pm for the 3pm matinee and 6pm for the 7pm performance
- La MaMa, 74 East 4th St
After standby patrons place their names on the list, they are welcome to leave the theater and come back 15 minutes before curtain.
Tickets cost $36. The box office accepts cash and all major credit cards.
- Rush tickets
- Standing room
- Current plans for extension
Please email VengeanceTickets@gmail.com with any inquiries not addressed here.
Considered one of the most psychologically revealing plays of the first half of the 20th century, and still highly explosive for its conflicted view of Judaism, God of Vengeance is frequently translated and adapted and is the basis of Paula Vogels Indecent, which enjoyed a critically acclaimed extended run last spring. (Plans to bring Indecent to Broadway this season have been announced.)
Got fun nekome, tells the wrenching story of a brothel owners attempt to marry off his daughter to lead a dignified religious life, only to have her drawn back into the life of sin in which she grew up. The show is credited with presenting the first lesbian kiss on Broadway in 1923 at the Apollo Theatre on West 42nd Street.
NYRs production features several veterans of the Yiddish underground theatre scene: Shane Baker in the role of the brothel owner Yekel; David Mandelbaum as marriage broker Reb Ali, and Carad O'Brien is Hindle, a sex worker. Reissa, who plays Sarah, Yekels wife, received a Tony nomination for direction in 1991 for Those Were the Days, the last time Broadway sustained a production in Yiddish. An actress and singer, Reissa is currently touring with klezmer giant Frank London in their duo concert project Vilde Mekhaye.
God of Vengeances cast also includes a number of young actors who receive intensive training from NYR to perform in Yiddish. Some of these under-30 actors (both men and women) include former members of New Yorks insular Orthodox communities. Playing the young ladies who fall in love are Shayna Schmidt (as Rivke the daughter) and Melissa Weisz (as Manke the prostitute).
This extraordinary opportunity to experience this play authentically in its original language is presented by the internationally acclaimed New Yiddish Rep, which is known for presenting modern theater for diverse contemporary audiences (especially non-Yiddish-speakers) in Yiddish. Its acclaimed productions of Waiting for Godot (2013 & 2014), and Death of a Salesman (2015) -- nominated last season for two Drama Desk Awards (Best Revival of a Play and Best Actor in a Play) -- were credited with shedding new light on two modern theatre classics. David Mandelbaum is NYRs artistic director.
Got fun nekome premiered on East 4th Street in 1907, in what is now La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theater, next door!!! (The premiere starred the legendary David Kessler in the role of Yekel.)
God of Vengeance went on to become a major sensation in many languages, performing throughout the Continent: in German (European premiere Berlin 1910) directed by Max Reinhardt; in Italian; Polish; Russian and Norwegian. Isaac Goldbergs 1918 English translation premiered at the Provincetown Theatre in 1922, and was produced on Broadway by noted early civil liberties attorney Harry Weinberger, who also helped produce the plays of Eugene ONeill. That production, which was assailed by members of the Jewish religious and cultural establishment, and others, was charged with obscenity. The producer and company members were arrested and found guilty, though the production remained open, not to mention a hot ticket.
Performed in Yiddish with English supertitles.
LA MAMA First Floor Theater (View)
74A East 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
|Minimum Age: 16|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|