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Mississippi: A Yiddish Play on Racism in America
Date:Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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Organization: Jewish Public Library
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$ 12.00
Contact: Karen Biskin
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Tue | Oct 13 on Zoom The story of a hugely popular play about African Americans falsely accused of raping two white women in 1931 in Scottsboro, Alabama – that premiered in 1935 Warsaw. Native Montrealer and Yiddish theater scholar, Alyssa Quint will discuss her work on the history of a Yiddish play called Mississippi that focused on racial injustice in American and that was first staged in Warsaw in 1935. Her talk, based on her recent article in Tablet Magazine, will also include excerpts from the play performed by members of the DWYT, discussion of the historical artifacts she discovered in YIVO’s archives, and what she learned from readers since the article’s publication. Alyssa Quint is the Tablet Magazine Scholar at the YIVO Institute in New York City, a Senior Research Scholar at Yeshiva University’s Centre for Israel Studies and a contributing editor of The Digital Yiddish Theatre Project. Her book The Rise of the Modern Yiddish Theatre (2019) documents the first days of the modern Yiddish theater in late Imperial Russia. It was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award’s Scholarship category. Introduced by Ben Gonshor, President of the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre.

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