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THE JEWISH WIFE, taken from Brecht’s seminal work “Fear and Misery of the Third Reich”, which charts the submission of the German people to the Nazi Party line, shows the agonizing challenges faced by an ordinary couple to a fast-changing, nightmarish social and political landscape. Suspicion, fear and the ever-narrowing parameters of patriotism are all surprisingly relevant in Brecht’s response to regime change in his native Germany in the 1930s.

New York-based ROUST THEATRE COMPANY premiered THE JEWISH WIFE in the spring of 2006 at the Walkerspace Theatre in New York City in a new contemporary American translation by Binyamin Shalom. ​“This Brecht is angry, passionate, bare-bones and uncompromisingly personal and political”, ​ reviewed George Hunka of the NY Times​, “Tracy Hostmyer is especially affecting and controlled as a Jewish woman leaving her Aryan husband in “The Jewish Wife”… James Phillip Gates directs with an eye to simplicity. Mr. Shalom’s translation is vivid, clever and spare, preserving the spirit of Brecht’s complex moral and social vision. It offers a fluid rendering of the language that doesn’t get in the way of the dialogue’s directness: a translation that doesn’t sound like a translation.”

Directed by James Phillip Gates. Starring Tracy Hostmyer and James Phillip Gates.

California Arts Academy – Severence Theater

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There are 5 Comments on this post

  1. Lorie Ham
    3 months ago

    If you would like to know more about this show check out their article in Kings River Life https://kingsriverlife.com/02/19/rogue-performer-preview-the-jewish-wife/

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    1. James Phillip Gates
      3 months ago

      Thanks Lorie!

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  2. Nick Zacherl
    3 months ago

    The show is a vignette. Brecht is telling in our times for many reasons, and the very professional cast tells well. The show is brief and good.

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    1. James Phillip Gates
      3 months ago

      Thanks Nick, for your support and your comments!

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  3. Jim
    3 months ago

    Very well done, well-acted short play about the looming horror which engulfed Germany in the aftermath of WWI, not focusing on the historical issues of the time, but personalizing it about the fears of an astute woman and what was the necessity for her to preserve her own life. This necessity trumped her love of her husband, her affection for many close friends to whom she had to prevaricate, especially since her husband had his head in the sand.

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