Opens May 4, 2017
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
A hallucinatory reinvention of Yiddish writer I.L. Peretz's equally phantasmagoric verse play Bay Nakht Oyfn Altn Mark (first staged in 1907), this two-night-only phenomenon spans an eclectic range of musical styles — from rock to jazz to klezmer. Though performed in English, the adapted story is pure Yiddish — a wild ride through a fun house of mystical theology, blurred identity, and dangerous transgressions with vaudevillian overtones.
A Night in the Old Marketplace tells the story of a badkhn (a traditional Jewish wedding emcee) who tries to right the tragic ending of a wedding that happened 20 years ago. Challenging the laws of G-d, he sets forth to resurrect the deceased bride and marry her to her true love before they are once again parted by death.