About the Play

Kaddish

Starring: Jake Goodman

Produced and Directed by: Barbara Lanciers

Supported by: LABA (Laboratory for Jewish Culture) at the 14th Street Y & Center for International Theatre Development

Kaddish, culling its name from the Jewish prayer of mourning, is a stage adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning writer Imre Kertész’s novel, Kaddish for an Unborn Child. Kaddish is an exploration of ritual, loss, and an unrelenting inner conflict in which the beleaguered central character mourns the absence of the child he never fathered during his failed marriage, his mantra being a refusal to bring a child into a world where horrors like the Holocaust can occur. As he attempts to reach the final Amen of the Kaddish prayer, he weaves a brutally honest, deeply personal, stream of consciousness web of the unseen casualties of war, political corruption, Jewish identity, and the humor of living.

Kaddish is the first ever American staging of this magnificent novel, an eloquent meditation on human vulnerability and strength told through the eyes of a survivor of Hitlers “Final Solution.”

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