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preview imageA DYBBUK
by S. Ansky
trans. Joachim Neugroschel
Adapted by Tony Kushner
Theatre at UBC
Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC
Mar. 26-Apr. 5

Tony Kushner’s A Dybbuk
by S. Ansky, translated by Joachim Neugroschel
adapted by Tony Kushner, directed by MFA Directing Candidate David Savoy

Tony Kushner embraces his Jewish heritage with this adaptation of a Yiddish theatrical classic written between 1912 and 1917 about a bride possessed by the soul of the man who should have been her husband. At the intersection where Romeo and Juliet meets Fiddler on the Roof and The Exorcist, A Dybbuk provokes powerful questions about destiny, promises, love and our relationship to God. Kushner overlays the original story with intimations of the Holocaust and its devastation of Jewry that was to come.

“Tony Kushner’s adaptation of A Dybbuk, perhaps the greatest classic Yiddish drama, is passionate and illuminating.” - The New York Post

Pulitzer Prize-winning Playwright Tony Kushner is a voice of intellectualism, neo-socialism, gay activism and political outrage in an era when the political pendulum has swung to the right. Through scalding humor, thought, and compassion, he explores political dynamics and the human condition in the modern era. Kushner is best known for his two-part epic, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.

“Some playwrights want to change the world. Some want to revolutionize theater. Tony Kushner is that rarity of rarities: a writer who has the promise to do both.” - The New York Times

MFA Directing Candidate David Savoy is in his 5th season as Artistic Director of Showboat Festival Theatre [Port Colborne, Ontario], a professional company entering its 23rd summer season. For Theatre at UBC he has directed Overruled by G.B. Shaw and his own original adaptation of Gogol’s Diary of a Madman, which is the first production by a Canadian theatre school to be invited to Setkani/Encounter 2008, the 18th international festival of theatre schools held in the Czech Republic. Savoy is a recipient of the 2007 Sidney J. Risk Award for Directing and the 2008 Dorothy Somerset Scholarship.

A Dybbuk features Klezmer-inspired live music by The Creaking Planks and a cast of 17 actors: BFA Acting Candidates Sarah Afful, Shaune Aquiline, Spencer Atkinson, Yoshie Bancroft, Wil Carlos, Hilary Fillier, Nick Fontaine, Maura Halloran, Kim Harvey, Aslam Husain, Kristine Jesudason, Jeff Kaiser, Courtney Lancaster, Gord Myren, Michael Neale, Rebecca Shrimpton and Kevin Stark, with BA Candidate Max Gilbert. The creative team includes Adjunct Professor Patrick Pennefather [Musical Director, Adaptation & Composition] with BFA Design Candidate Jason Ho [Sound Design], BFA Production Alumni Ian Giles [Lighting] and Ariel Rivera [Costumes], MFA Design Candidate Yulia Shtern [Set], and BFA Production Candidate Cassandra Tattrie [Stage Management]. Cultural advisor for the production is Breanne Jackson.


2 for 1 Opening Night: Celebrate World Theatre Day with the Canadian Premiere of A DYBBUK Thursday, March 27, 2008, and enjoy a complimentary reception with the company after the show!

March 26 – April 5, 2008
6354 Crescent Rd, UBC | Curtain: 7:30 p.m. | Mon. – Sat. | Tickets: $20/$14/$10 
PREVIEW: Mar. 26 | OPENING NIGHT: Mar. 27, World Theatre Day Special! 2 for 1
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