Yentl is a modern masterpiece that will upend any preconceived notions about what it means to be modern
ArtsHub
Yentl is by far one of the theatrical experiences of the year
Time Out
Gary Abrahams, Galit Klas and Elise Hearst have crafted a play that achieves a perfect balance of tradition and inspiration
The Age

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 AbrahamsElise Esther Hearst, and Galit Klas, and starring Amy HackNicholas 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. 

GARY ABRAHAMS Headshot

WRITER & DIRECTOR /

GARY ABRAHAMS

ELISE ESTHER HEARST Headshot

WRITER /

ELISE ESTHER HEARST

GALIT KLAS  Headshot

WRITER /

GALIT KLAS

Virginia Proud Headshot

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR /

Virginia Proud

AMY HACK Headshot

CAST /

AMY HACK

NICHOLAS JAQUINOT Headshot

CAST /

NICHOLAS JAQUINOT

GENEVIEVE KINGSFORD Headshot

CAST /

GENEVIEVE KINGSFORD

EVELYN KRAPE Headshot

CAST /

EVELYN KRAPE

DANN BARBER Headshot

SET & COSTUME DESIGNER /

DANN BARBER

RACHEL BURKE Headshot

LIGHTING DESIGNER /

RACHEL BURKE

RUSSELL GOLDSMITH Headshot

SOUND DESIGNER /

RUSSELL GOLDSMITH

JOSH REUBEN Headshot

SUBTITLE OPERATOR /

JOSH REUBEN

HARRY DOWLING Headshot

STAGE MANAGER /

HARRY DOWLING

Rosemary Osmond Headshot

Assistant Stage Manager /

Rosemary Osmond

BESEN FAMILY ARTIST PROGRAM RECIPIENT (LIGHTING) /

Natalia Velasco Moreno

Event & ticketing details

Performance Times

PREVIEWS /
7.30pm, Thu 29 Feb
7.30pm, Fri 1 Mar
OPENING NIGHT /
7.30pm, Sat 2 Mar
IN SEASON /
6.30pm, Tue – Wed
7.30pm, Thu – Sun
2pm, Sat 16 Mar
TIME TO TALK /
6.30pm, Tue 5 Mar

Duration

Act 1—70 minutes
Act 2—55 minutes
20 minute interval

Content notes

Yentl contains full frontal nudity, adult themes, loud sound, haze, and references to suicide.

All warnings are subject to change.

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