Sholem Aleichem in the Theater, by Jacob Weitzner
Published by Symposium Press (Jews in Modern Culture), 184 pages. Paperback (N3209)
Brand New Book
This fascinating book concerns itself not only with the genesis of Sholem Aleichem's plays in the writer's workshop, but also with their various productions in the theatre. Author Jacob Weitzner also discusses the history of the many stage productions, translations, and adaptations of Aleichem's works for the theatre and how his ideas for changing the nature and form of Yiddish theatre were received by directors and producers.
Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916) was the pen name of Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich, an immensley popular humorist and Jewish author of Yiddish literature, including novels, short stories, and plays. He did much to promote Yiddish writers, and his own work has been widely translated and read. (Incidentaly, the 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof was loosely based on some of Sholem Aleichem's own stories, and was the first commercially successful English-language play about Eastern European Jewish life