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A Symposium of Scholars and Artists on Jewish Identity in American Theatre and Performance
Good for the Jews?:
A note from the organizers regarding the symposium's Saturday schedule

We regret the necessity that we schedule “Good for the Jews?” on a Saturday, knowing that the Sabbath will mean that our observant friends will be unable to attend.  We wrestled for some time with this decision.

But because the symposium is in part generated from a Princeton student seminar, and because our students will be helping to run the event, we decided to give preference to the pedagogical, as our students would not have been able to attend on a weekday.

The symposium, however, will be taped and archived on our web site for future viewing.  We hope anyone who’s interested and unable to join us on December 11th be able to enjoy it there.

For an article about The National Museum of American Jewish History's thoughtful debate on this issue, click here.

Schedule

James M. Stewart ’32 Theater
Lewis Center for the Arts
185 Nassau Street Princeton, New Jersey

9:00 - 9:30
Welcome
Paul Muldoon, Chair, Lewis Center for the Arts
Michael Cadden, Director, Program in Theater
Jill Dolan and Stacy Wolf, Symposium Organizers

9:30 - 10:15
Staged reading, from Emily Mann’s Annulla
performed by Nava Friedman '13 and Colette Biervliet-Schranz '11

Interview
with Emily Mann, McCarter Theatre Center
Moderated by Molly Silberberg '11 and Stacy Wolf
10:15 - 10:30
Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:45
Panel One
Alisa Solomon, Columbia University, “Fiddler’s Fortunes:  The Mighty Afterlife of a Musical Comedy” 
Moderators, Nell Diamond '11 and Francesca Furchtgott '12

Henry Bial
, University of Kansas, “Jew Media:  Performance and Technology for the 58th Century” 
Moderators, Rachael Alexandroff '12 and Jessica Cabral '11

Staged reading, from Angels in America, Bethy Atkins '11, Molly Silberberg '11 and Margaret White '11

Andrea Levine
, George Washington University, “Jewish Religious Ritual on the (National) Stage:  From Tony Kushner’s Caroline, or Change to the Seder at the White House”
Moderators, Ariel Powell '12 and Margaret White '11

Deb Margolin
, Yale University, O Wholly Night and other Jewish Solecisms (excerpts) 
Moderators, Bethy Atkins '11 and Joseph Dexter '13
12:45 - 1:30
Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30 - 1:45
Introduction by Molly Silberberg '11
Koleinu, Princeton’s Jewish a cappella group.  With Karen Azani '11; Ben Cogan '12; Rivka Cohen '12; Leora Friedman '14; Elan Kugelman '14; Michael Moses '14; Adriana Rexon '14; Molly Silberberg '11; Sarah Strenio '12; Jonny Weiss '11
1:45 - 4:00
Panel Two
Harley Erdman, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, “Schmoozing with the Jews” 
Moderators, Colette Biervliet-Schranz '11 and Isabel Schwab '11

Staged reading, from The Sisters Rosensweig, Rachael Alexandroff '12 and Jennifer Lopata '12

Barbara Wallace Grossman
, Tufts University, "Don't Rain on My Parade: Confessions of a Jewish Director" 
Moderators, Margaret White '11 and Ariel Powell '12

Joseph Litvak
, Tufts University, “Jews Behind the Scenes.” 
Moderator, Jennifer Lopata '12

Sara Felder
, San Francisco- and Philadelphia-based artist, “Juggling Tradition” 
Moderator, Martha Ferguson '11
4:00 - 4:15
Coffee Break
4:15 - 5:00
Staged reading, from Donald Margulies' The Model Apartment, Nell Diamond '11 and Martha Ferguson '11

Interview with Donald Margulies, Yale University, moderated by Nava Friedman '13 and Jill Dolan
5:00 - 5:30
Concluding Remarks and Discussion
Jill Dolan and Stacy Wolf

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