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By Edward Einhorn
Directed by Glory Sims Bowen

In Conjunction with FHB Theater Productions
Part of Spotlight On's Halloween Festival


Learn more about the Golem legend

Award-winning play about Golem and other Jewish legends

At Chashama,121 W. 42 St.

Tickets $15, Box Office: 212-352-3101 or Theater Mania

FRI 10/17 @11PM SAT 10/18 @7:30PM SUN 10/19 @7PM
THU 10/23 @9PM FRI 10/24 @9:30PM SUN 10/26 @1PM
MON 10/27 @4:30PM SAT 11/1 @12PM SUN 11/2 @2:30PM


Golem Stories, an award-winning interpretation of the Jewish legend of the golem, is being revived as part of Spotlight On's Halloween Festival. Stage Pages raved that director "[Glory Bowen] finds firm comedy and brings out the best in the performers," while "Hi! Drama" agreed that "it really is quite wonderful," and OOBR commented that the author, "Edward Einhorn should be commended for seeking the deeper meaning behind the Golem legends." Set in 16th century Prague, the play not only examines the legend of the golem (a man made from clay) but also other Jewish legends of the supernatural. It is both a ghost story and a love story, set in the domestic atmosphere of the Rabbi's home, while the world around is full of violence. "Rather than simply retell the legend of the Golem, Edward Einhorn has skillfully woven the original into yet a new cautionary tale," said Artzine. Golem Stories features historical figures Rabbi Loew, an important scholar of Jewish law and the Kabbalah, and King Rudolf II, the highly unusual King of Bohemia best known for his obsessions with alchemy. It focuses even more on the women of Rabbi Loew's household-his wife and two daughters. In the center of it all, of course, is the golem, who is not the lumbering monster everyone, including the Rabbi, expects him to be.

Joseph/Golem: Chris Rummel
Rivka: Morgan Dover-Pearl
Rebbetsin: Lela Frechette
Maharal: Jerry Mond
Devorah: Diana Cherkas
King Rudolf: Harry Klein
Moshe: Maxwell Zener
Thaddeus: Michael Whitney
Puppeteers: Cristopher Betz, Talaura Harms, Molly Light, Elizabeth Anne Wood

Playwright: Edward Einhorn
Director: Glory Sims Bowen
Original Music: William Niederkorn
Assistant Director: Caroline M. Costa
Stage Manager: Renee Hollenback
Assistant: Jennifer Spinello
Lighting Design: Aaron Mason
Scenic Design: Cemre Durusoy
Assistant Scenic Design: Susan Pislak
Costume Design: Kathleen Leary
Puppet Design: Berit Johnson
Sound Design: Christopher Brooks


"Golem Stories' skillful direction, enthusiastic young cast, and fresh approach to the well-known story of the Golem of Prague give the play an energy and excitement that many larger scale productions don't have... In it simplicity and directness, Golem Stories is a reminder of the supernatural quality of the theater, which can transform the most basic elements of speech and play into something magical."
The Jewish Standard, October 24, 2003

"Golem Stories is magical. There are puppets and ghosts which provide many "oohs and aahs" and surprises. As a whole, the crafting of the ensemble is terrific. The sisters Devorah and Rivka ( Diana Cherkas and Morgan Dover-Pearl) contrast, with one emotional and the other controlled. The Maharal is deftly performed by Jerry Mond, and the Rebbetsin is humorously portrayed by Lela Frechette. The Golem is likeably presented as a gentle giant by Chris Rummel. The magic of the puppetry is executed without a bump by Christopher Betz, Talaura Harms, Molly Light, Elizabeth Ann Wood and Berit Johnson (Designer/Coordinator). Glory Sims Bowen (Director) cleverly utilizes the upstage area outside of the set to show exits and entrances in an entertaining, and sometimes telling, manner...the resonating part of the play is the universality of Einhorn's writing. Most of the characters demonstrate the human folly of reacting out of fear -- fear of the unknown, fear of authority, fear of the golem."
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