29 FEB – 17 MAR
Yentl is a modern masterpiece that will upend any preconceived notions about what it means to be modern
Yentl is by far one of the theatrical experiences of the year
Gary Abrahams, Galit Klas and Elise Hearst have crafted a play that achieves a perfect balance of tradition and inspiration
After a triumphant debut in 2022, garnering wide acclaim, four Green Room Awards and numerous five-star reviews—Malthouse is proud to present a return season of Kadimah Yiddish Theatre’s Yentl. This new stage adaptation of Nobel Prize laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer’s iconic short story is the first since the 1975 Broadway play and Barbra Streisand’s iconic 1983 musical film.
Yentl is the journey of a young woman who defies the Jewish Orthodox tradition that forbids females from studying religious scripture. When her father dies, Yentl emancipates herself by dressing in male guise, determined to live as a man to continue her studies. Religion, gender, sexual politics, and traditional Yiddish culture collide as Yentl finds her truth through faith and love.
Directed by Gary Abrahams and co-written by Gary Abrahams, Elise Esther Hearst, and Galit Klas, and starring Amy Hack, Nicholas Jaquinot, Genevieve Kingsford, and Evelyn Krape, Yentl is an ode to the feminist undertones and queer subtext of the original story and an invitation to celebrate the beauty of Yiddish culture.
Originating Producer Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre & National Library; Kadimah Yiddish Theatre. Based on the original Yiddish short story by Isaac Bashevis Singer.
WRITER & DIRECTOR /
ELISE ESTHER HEARST
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR /
SET & COSTUME DESIGNER /
LIGHTING DESIGNER /
SOUND DESIGNER /
SUBTITLE OPERATOR /
STAGE MANAGER /
Assistant Stage Manager /
BESEN FAMILY ARTIST PROGRAM RECIPIENT (LIGHTING) /
Natalia Velasco Moreno
Event & ticketing details
Act 1—70 minutes
Act 2—55 minutes
20 minute interval
Yentl contains full frontal nudity, adult themes, loud sound, haze, and references to suicide.
All warnings are subject to change.