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KING OF THE JEWS a play by Leslie Epstein

This event has already taken place.Tuesdays – Saturdays, 7 – 9:30 pm, through Nov. 19, 2023; Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2 – 4:30 pm, through Jan. 1, 1970;
Allen Lewis Rickman Richard Topol and Jonathan Spivey in King of the Jews by Leslie Epstein

Based on his controversial but acclaimed 1979 novel, Leslie Epstein’s King of the Jews will get its Off Broadway debut. This production is being presented by Parkman Productions.
One night after curfew in the Astoria Café, a group of waiters and cooks and entertainers, along with a spare rabbi or two, are forced by the German occupiers to form a Judenrat, a group of self-governing Jews who will thenceforth govern the lives—and determine the deaths—of their co-religionists in the ghetto that surrounds them. In that first act, they are forced, at a terrible cost, to choose their Elder, who is based on the true-life character Chaim Rumkowski, leader of the Lodz Ghetto in Poland. In the second act, eighteen months later, see the Judenrat and its leader confronted with the terrible moral dilemma of having to decide: Who among their fellow Jews is to live and who is to die? It is not a choice that any human being in a world that has not become morally unhinged and absurd can make. And yet they must. In the madness and double-dealing and even humor that ensues, join these ordinary mortals as they plumb the depths of the unimaginable that history has thrust upon them.


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