A TIMELY REVIVAL! "God of Vengeance" holds the stage formidably in its own right.
THE PLAY IS REMARKABLE in its nuanced depiction of Manke and her fellow prostitutes.
The cast's commitment brings the work's FLASHES OF LYRICISM TO POWERFUL LIFE!
The purity of the affection is BEAUTIFULLY PLAYED and Asch's sympathetic DEPICTION OF THEIR LOVE IS AFFECTING IN ITS HONESTY!
- Charles Isherwood, The New York Times Full Review

No less provocative almost a century later.
The story, timeless themes, and searing sense of drama transcend language.
- Jed Ryan, The Huffington Post Full Review

"God of Vengeance" tells the wrenching story of a brothel owner's attempt to marry off his daughter to lead a dignified religious life, only to have her drawn back into the life of sin in which she grew up. In addition to being highly explosive for its conflicted view of Judaism, the show is credited with presenting the first lesbian kiss on Broadway when its English premiere was presented in 1923. It is the subject of Paula Vogel's "Indecent" which enjoyed a critically acclaimed extended run last spring, and is being readied for Broadway transfer this season.

Eleanor Reissa, has lived a life in the theatre. A Tony nominated director, international concert artist, award-winning playwright, translator, and Broadway actor. Current projects include: A published anthology of her plays THE LAST SURVIVOR AND OTHER MODERN JEWISH PLAYS; Solo concerts around the world. Recordings including VILDE MEKHAYE (WILD ECSTASY) with Frank London and the Klezmer Brass Allstars. Writing a new Yiddish opera based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's TAIBELE AND HER DEMON with composer Judd Greenstein. www.eleanorreissa.com
Shane Baker (Yankl) appeared with NYR as Vladimir in his own Yiddish translation of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot for the play’s Yiddish world premiere, two Off-Broadway runs, and tours to Enniskillen, Northern Ireland and Paris, France. He also translated Wolf Mankowitz’s Bespoke Overcoat for NYR, and played Fender. As director of the Congress for Jewish Culture, Baker recently completed a world tour of performances marking 100 years since the death of Sholem Aleichem. On the English-language stage, he is notorious for appearances in various incarnations of Jeff Weiss’s And That’s How the Rent Gets Paid.


Rachel Botchan
Amy Coleman
Mira Kessler
David Mandelbaum
Caraid O'Brien
Eli Rosen
Shayna Schmidt
Luzer Twersky
Melissa Weisz

Sholem Asch is one of the most controversial Broadway playwrights in American Theater History yet he never wrote a word in English. In the early 1920's, two years before Mae West was thrown into the slammer for jumping into bed with sailors in her racy farce Sex, Rudolph Schildkraut starred in an English translation of Asch's God Of Vengeance, a drama about a Jewish brothel owner who attempts to go legit by commissioning a Torah scroll and marrying off his daughter to a yeshiva student. After a six week run on Broadway, the entire cast was arrested and charged with lewd behavior for performing in what was Asch's first full length play complete with Jewish prostitutes, a lesbian scene and a Torah hurled across the stage.

Asch was later embroiled in controversy over his trilogy of novels about the founding figures of Christianity, Mary, The Nazarene, and The Apostle.You could say that Asch, who was born into a respectable Hassidic family, was as OTD as one can get, even questioning the ritual of circumcision.

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