God of Vengance
Shut down after it opened on Broadway in 1923, Sholom Asch’s controversial, turn-of-the-century Yiddish drama, in a new adaptation by Donald Margulies, touches on themes that prove timeless - faith, family, and the conﬂict between public appearances and private realities.
Yankel, a father devoted to preserving his teenage daughters innocence, maintains a home of exemplary values and religious faith while in the basement, he runs a brothel. Yankel’s attempt to shield his daughter from the sin and sexuality two floors below leads to explosive events, as one family attempts to struggle with its own demons.
Obie Award-winning playwright Donald Margulies, currently celebrating hits in Paris, London, and New York, moves the action in God of Vengeance from turn-of-the-century Poland to New York City in the roaring 20s, when
immigrant values clash with exuberant new-world opportunism. ACT’s world premiere adaptation revitalizes this extraordinary play in the world canon.
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