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Pulitzer 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. In the process, he 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.


“One of the most psychologically revealing plays of the early 20th century.”- Broadway World.

Asch’s intrepid takes on religion, societal mores, and the evil that men do, still resonate…Asch’s story has a sensational quality to it that, when combined with melodramatic scenes, sometimes approaches the comical…”- TheaterMania

“…a colorful evocation of the Lower East Side in the ’20s and a play of indisputable historical significance…” —Variety.

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Eastline Theatre 2018 Season

Eastline Theatre 2018 Season

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