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The Dybbuk

Directed by Joshua Kahan Brody


@ Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

November 10 - 19

About the Play

About the Playwright

Khonen, a devoted Talmudic scholar, falls love with Leah, but when her father finds a more wealthy suitor, he drops dead of sorrow. At his gravesite, Leah becomes possessed by a Dybbuk, a malicious spirit intent on righting past wrongs, and ultimately, unites Leah with her destined love. A re-imagined classic from the Yiddish theater.


Shloyme Zanvl Rappoport, known by his pseudonym of S. Ansky, was a turn of the century Russian writer, playwright, and ethnographer of Yiddish folklore. He is most known for this play, finally staged in Warsaw in 1920, months after his death. In his early days, Ansky rejected his Jewish faith and culture, but after reading the writings of famous Yiddish and Hebrew writer I.L. Peretz, Rappoport realized that Yiddish literature could indeed be considered a part of the European canon of great works. He began writing folk tales, Hasidic lore, stories about social justice in Yiddish. While living in St. Petersburg, he devoted himself to Jewish cultural institutions intent on preserving important aspect of Jewish culture and traveled the countryside doing ethnographic research on customs and stories handed down from families of old. It is from these travels that Ansky was inspired to write The Dybbuk. During the Russian revolution, Ansky moved to Vilna, Lithuania and then onto Warsaw where complications from pneumonia contributed to his death age 56.


About the Translator

About the Director

Joachim Neugroschel translated more than 200 books from Yiddish, French, German, Russia, and Italian. The son of the Yiddish Galician poet Mendel Neugroschel, he was born in Vienna in 1938 and immigrated with his family to Rio de Janeiro in 1939. The family arrived in New York City in 1941, and where, for the most part, he stayed for his entire life. His Yiddish anthologies, The Shtetl and Yene Velt, reached a wide audience, and his translations of The Dybbuk and Sholem Asch’s drama God of Vengeance have been widely produced. Neugroschel was also a critic and poet, and founded and edited the poetry journal Extensions, which was published from 1970 to 1975.

Joshua Kahan Brody is a second year MFA candidate in Directing. His directing credits include Fourteen Flights, Art of Attack (NY Fringe Festival), A Man, His Wife, And His Hat (UC San Diego), True West, Fuddy Meers, Henry IV, Our Lady of 121st Street, Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train (Yale). Most recently, Joshua won the Overall Excellence in Directing Award for his work on Fourteen Flights at the 2011 New York International Fringe Festival. The sold out play went on to a limited off-Broadway run at the SoHo Playhouse as part of the Fringe Encore Series. Joshua holds a B.A from Yale University in Theater Studies and was the recipient of the Seymour L. Lustman Prize for the Contribution to the Life of Arts of the College.


The Cast

The Creative Team

The Messenger - Jenni Putney
Leah - Taylor Shurte
Fradde - Megan Robinson
Gitl - Hannah Larson
Khonen - Jack Mikesell
Reb Azriel
Second Idler
- Gabriel Lawrence
Sender - Dan Rubiano
First Idler
First Hasid
First Judge
- Brian Bose
Third Idler
Rabbi Mendl
Rabbi Shimshin
- Thomas Miller
- Russell Ewing
- Kevin Reyes
Second Hasid
Second judge
- Daniel Olson
Old Woman - Katharine Chin
The Women - Miranda Dainard
Brittany Kvalvik
Demi Mundo
Nicole Oga,
Danielle Rollins
Rio Villa
Director - Joshua Kahan Brody
Production Stage Manager - Lauren Juengel
Scenic DesignerKathryn Lieber
Costume Designer - Mary Rochon
Lighting Designer - Kristin Hayes
Composer/Sound Designer - Blair Robert Nelson
Choreographer - Anya Cloud
Dramaturg - Sonia Fernandez
Asst. Director - Katie Parker
Asst. Scenic Designer - Sanaya Forbes
Asst. Costume Designer - Tijana Porobic
Asst. Stage Managers - Zach Kennedy
Cara Anderson
Asst. Costume Designer - Tijana Porobic
Asst. Lighting Designer - Katie Chen
Asst. Sound Designer - Melanie Chen
Asst. Dramaturg - Anna McMillan
Voice & Dialect Coach - Ursula Meyer



Wed.Nov. 97:00 pm PREVIEW
Thu.Nov. 108:00 pm OPENING
Sat.Nov. 122:00 pm MATINEE
Sat.Nov. 128:00 pm  
Tue.Nov. 158:00 pm  
Wed.Nov. 168:00 pm  
Thu.Nov. 178:00 pm  
Fri.Nov. 188:00 pm  
Sat.Nov. 198:00 pm CLOSING

Located at: Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

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Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays


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Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre. 

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office at
Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association,
and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Previews (only for theater shows, not dance): General Admission: $15 UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $12 UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $8


Production Photos

Photos by Gaeun Kim
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