Ionesco’s Rhinoceros to Make Yiddish Language Debut Off-Broadway

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New Yiddish Rep will stage the dark comedy in Yiddish—nearly 60 years after its Broadway premiere.
Eugène Ionesco
Eugène Ionesco

New Yiddish Rep will kick off its 2017–2018 season with the Yiddish world premiere of Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco. Ionesco’s absurdist comedy, translated by Eli Rosen, will begin Off-Broadway September 7.

The Yiddish staging, directed by Moshe Yassur at the Castillo Theatre, will officially open September 14. The production will be performed in Yiddish with English supertitles through October 8.

In the allegorical Rhinoceros, Ionesco blends absurdity and the ridiculous to provide biting commentary on the human condition and one’s need to “follow the herd”. The story follows a man who watches all of the citizens of his small town turn into rhinoceroses. The play premiered on Broadway in 1961, awarding Zero Mostel his first of three Tony Awards.

The cast of the New Yiddish Rep production will be made up of Alec Burko, Amy Coleman, Macha Fogel, Sean Griffin, Malky Goldman, Chezky Israeli, Caraid O’Brien, David Mandelbaum, Eli Rosen, Luzer Twersky, and Melissa Weisz.

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