Written and directed by Edward Einhorn
At The Looking Glass Theatre
422 W. 57th St (between 9th & 10th Ave.)
December 7 - 28, 2008
Judah Maccabee: Peter Bean*
Jonathan: Dmitri Friendenberg*
Set and puppet design: Tanya Khordoc and Barry Weil, Evolve Company
Costume design: Carla Gant
Fight choreography: Cory Einbinder
Stage Manager: Berit Johnsson
Playing Dreidel with Judah Maccabee is an original Hanukkah play in which a contemporary boy named Jonathan meets the historical Judah Maccabee. The play features shadow puppets among its storytelling techniques.
The play is told in eight scenes, corresponding to the eight days of Hannukah. Judah and the boy find each other in an abandoned room that exists in both the ancient temple in Jerusalem and the boy’s modern day temple, and the boy explains to Judah the odd modern practices that commemorate the ancient battles. At first Judah is horrified, but then he comes to learn why the boy needs those traditions.
The play examines the concepts of ancient and modern perspectives on war and religion, but at the same time it is a celebration of perseverance during difficult times. It is filled with music and humor that transcends difficult circumstances.