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Meet a Yiddish Celebrity: An Evening with Shane Baker

  • Deutsches Haus, Columbia University 420 West 116th Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

The Yiddish Studies Program and the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies proudly present:

Meet a Yiddish Celebrity: An Evening with Shane Baker

April 7th, 8 pm

Deutsches Haus, 420 W 116th Street, between Amsterdam and Morningside Dr.

Shane Baker is the best-loved Episcopalian on the Yiddish stage today. He comes to the Deutsches Haus directly from Paris, where he has been starring as Vladimir in his own Yiddish translation of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, which has been produced Off Broadway and internationally by the New Yiddish Rep. The New York Times pronounced his translation ‘even more depressing than Beckett’s original.’  He also translated and starred in Wolf Mankowitz’s The Bespoke Overcoat for New Yiddish Rep, appeared as Charley in their production of Joseph Buloff’s adaptation of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman; and he stars in The Big Bupkis! A Complete Gentile’s Guide to Yiddish Vaudeville, which he co-wrote with director Allen Lewis Rickman. Mentored by the last great stars of the Interwar European Yiddish stage, Baker is renowned not only for his translations and acting, but also for his recitations of Yiddish poetry. 

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