The New Yiddish Rep is set to present the world’s first all-Yiddish production of Waiting for Godot. The company, in conjunction with Castillo Theatre, will stage this world premiere from September 20-October 13, commemorating the 60th anniversary of Waiting for Godot‘s Paris premiere in January 1953. Moshe Yassur will direct, with an authorized translation by Shane Baker.
“[This production] is particularly Jewish,” Yassur explains. “The characters are Holocaust survivors, they are facing the unimaginable, and they are waiting for answers that may not come. Yiddish, the language of laughter and tears, captures this sound, this feeling like no other language.”
The cast will feature Shane Baker, Avi Hoffman, Nicholas Jenkins, David Mandelbaum, and Rafael Goldwaser.