Written by S. Ansky and directed by SJTC artistic director Art Feinglass, The Dybbuk is deeply rooted in Jewish folklore. It tells a story of love caught between two worlds and a Jewish community dealing with mysterious, otherworldly forces.
Ansky wrote The Dybbuk during the turbulent years of 1912-17. The idea for the play came to him as he led a Jewish folklore expedition through the Jewish communities of the Pale of Settlement in Eastern Europe. The expedition was cut short by the outbreak of World War I. Plans to produce the play in Russian by Stanislavskys Moscow Art Theater were aborted by the Bolshevik Revolution.
Ansky, who died in 1920, never lived to see it produced in Russian, Yiddish or Hebrew. The play, however, was destined to become one of the most produced in the history of Jewish theater. Anskys fascination with rabbinical wisdom, spirituality and Jewish folklore are clearly evident in The Dybbuk.
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company, now in its seventh year, brings classic and contemporary Jewish theater to the Seattle area.
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8000 25th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98115
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