This day-long symposium will showcase current scholarship on U.S. Jewish theatre and performance, as well as raise provocative questions about the meaning of Jewish identity in American cultural production at large. Scholars, playwrights, critics, directors, and performers will discuss their work, share ideas, and issue challenges to those involved in thinking about performance through the lens of Jewish identity. Each speaker will deliver a short talk or performance, then students will moderate a Q & A and discussion among the panel speakers and the symposium audience. Interviews with McCarter Theatre Artistic Director and multi-award-winning director and playwright Emily Mann and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies will frame the day.
This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission.
Please call University Ticketing at 609.258.9220 to reserve a space.Questions that we hope to address include:
Henry Bial (University of Kansas)
Harley Erdman (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
Sara Felder (Philadelphia- and San Francisco-based artist)
Barbara Grossman (Tufts University)
Andrea Levine (George Washington University)
Joseph Litvak (Tufts University)
Deb Margolin (Yale University)
Alisa Solomon (Columbia University)
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.