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God of Vengeance

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Donald Margulies from Sholom Asch & Joachim Neugroschel

Published by Dramatists Play Service

9 Male 8 Female

Pultizer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies has transported Sholom Asch's 1906 Yiddish melodrama from Asch's native Poland to the Lower East Side of Manhattan in 1923 and in the process has transformed a classic morality tale into a drama of spellbinding power and sweep

Jack Chapman lives on the second floor of his tenement with his ex-prostitute wife, Sara, and seventeen-year-old daughter, Rivkele, and runs a brothel downstairs

The brothel has made Jack prosperous, but he aspires to something more - respectability, and towards that end, he hopes to marry his precious daughter to a Talmudic scholar

But the sheltered Rivkele has struck up a friendship with Manke, Jack's most-desired prostitute, and the gentle and genuine love affair that develops between the two young women threatens to destroy Jack's dreams for the future

"A vivid panorama of a Lower East Side street scene crammed with grimy tenements, riotous store fronts and packed pushcarts ... epic theater ...[a] fascinating new adaptation of Sholom Asch's 1906 drama" - Hartford Courant

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