NOW PLAYING > OUR MARCH PRODUCTION

Yentl
By Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer
Directed by Susan Montez
Fridays and Saturdays, March 28, 29. April 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 8:00 p.m.
Sundays, March 30, April 6 and 13 at 2:00 p.m.


THE DIVINE ANDROGENY OF THE SOUL

Yentl by Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer is based on the short story, "Yentl the Yeshiva Boy."  The story follows the trials and tribulations of a young girl, Yentl, who defies tradition  by studying The Talmud with her father, even though it is prohibited by the Torah.  Raised by her father, a teacher, with no mother to advise her, Yentl secretly learns alongside her father's students until then he relents and teaches her in private.  Her father dies soon after and Yentl, unmarried and left to her own devices, dons traditional male garb and travels to another town to study the Torah with the other male students - all who accept her as one of their own.  With the help of her/his best friend Avigdor, Yentl, now Anshel, easily maneuvers each obstacle.

Things get more complicated as the other students and young women in town begin to respect and admire "Yentl" - now only going by the name Anshel.  The young girls all have a crush on him and vie for his attention. Anshel (Yentl) loves Avigdor as his best friend and mentor.  When the pressure for Yentl to marry increases, Avigdor encourages "him" to court and pursue Avigdor's deepest love Hadass, who was prevented from marrying Avigdor for secret family reasons.  Yentl marries Hadass but suspicions increase: why is Anshel not growing a beard?, why does he avoid the weekly steam bath with the men?  Anshel loves Hadass and yet continues to love Avigdor.  As their love increases, so does Yentl's guilt which causes her to run away.

Yentl raises overarching questions of women's role in the world and the issue of gender roles in general.  It is not surprising that the themes of Yentl seem as relevant today as they were in the late 1800s.

Leading the cast are newcomer Chloe Brooks as Yentl and Heights regulars, Jason Schulof (A Chorus, Finian’s Rainbow) as Avigdor and Julie Reed (A Chorus Line) as Hadass. The show also features Heights Players veterans Hilary Goldman (A Chorus Line), Edmund McCarthy (2012 Gala), Tom Kane (12 Angry Men), Tony Artiga (Big River), Ray Wagner (The Hollow, Verdict), Ed Healy (2013 Gala, Our Town), Asha Green (Carousel), Maureen Vidal (2013 Gala, Finian’s Rainbow), Julie D’Moure (Big River) and Eileen Nicolosi (Miracle on 34th Street). Rounding out the cast are newcomers David Woodrow, Elann Danziger, Kevin Bain, Rob Donaldson, Robert Pomerants, Maria Elisa Costa, Sandra Roosna, Bieje Chapman and Catherine Waid.

Yentl is directed by veteran director Susan Montez (Steel Magnolias, Enchanted April, Anne Frank), Assistant Director Michael Kidney (Big River, Our Town, choreographer - A Chorus Line), Stage Manager-Kerry Wolf,  Set Designer-Gerry Newman,  Lighting Designer-Rafael Ayala, Sound Designer-Peter Lopez and Costume Designer-James Martinelli.

Performance dates are March 28, 29, April 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 8:00 p.m., and March 30, April 6 and 13 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $18 for seniors and children under 18. Tickets can be ordered by email or by phone (718) 237-2752. Cash, check and TDF vouchers are all acceptable forms of payment. No credit cards.