Jews and Theatre in Early-Modern Northern Italy

  • Starts: 5:30 pm on Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • Ends: 8:30 pm on Thursday, October 17, 2019
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Beginning in 1489, Jews in Northern Italian states took part in flourishing artistic enterprises such as dance masters, musicians, and theatre making that featured actors, directors, producers, and writers. Plays were produced in Italian at Carnival, at weddings, and at civic celebrations. Original plays in Hebrew would be featured in Purim celebrations for their own community members. Theatre was a cultural currency that enabled the Jewish community to create social and cultural exchanges with their Christian neighbors and to cultivate a distinctive contribution to civic culture. This talk will highlight some of the most notable theatre performance staged by the Jewish performers in early-modern Northern Italy. The performance will highlight scenes from some extant scripts of the period.
Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, 147 Bay State Road
Contact Name:
Kyna Hamill
Contact Phone:
(617) 353-5404

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