A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
"We Had to Forge Our Link Ourselves": A New Generation of Yiddish Theatre
Motl Didner, associate artistic director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, speaks about the mixed blessing of working in the Yiddish theater without having been trained by its native participants: on the one hand, his actors lack the native voice, but on the other, they are not "bogged down by nostalgia" and therefore free to reinvent and experiment as artists.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Motl Didner.
This excerpt is in English.
Motl Didner was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1973.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"We Had to Forge Our Link Ourselves": A New Generation of Yiddish Theatre3 minutes 42 seconds
The Encouraging Warmth of a Yiddish-Speaking Community1 minute 45 seconds
The Spiritual Depth of H. Leivick's "The Golem"2 minutes 45 seconds
One Foot in Shushan, One in Warsaw: Reflections on Manger's Megillah5 minutes 30 seconds
Yiddish: The Missing Link in My Jewish Education2 minutes 46 seconds
Yiddish Activism: Walking the Walk1 minute 22 seconds
Yiddish Theater Has Never Been One Single Thing2 minutes 24 seconds
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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.
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