Sholem Asch: Underworld Trilogy, with Caraid O'Brien

Join us for a free in-person book talk and performance on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. ET at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Join the Yiddish Book Center and YIVO on Wednesday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. ET for a discussion of Sholem Asch: Underworld Trilogy, complete with performances of scenes from the book. Tickets are free and available for in-person and livestream access. 

Event details

Date: Wednesday, November 29
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Address: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research | 15 W. 16th St. New York, NY 10011*
Tickets: Free and open to the public
A livestream option is available for those who can't make it in-person

Cover of Sholem Asch: Underworld Trilogy

The newly published translated collection Sholem Asch: Underworld Trilogy (White Goat Press) includes three of Asch’s Yiddish dramas which take place in the world of the criminals and the literal underworld. Translated by Caraid O'Brien, the “Underworld Trilogy” is comprised of: God of Vengeance (1907), Motke Thief (1917), and The Dead Man (1922). All three works were successfully produced on the Yiddish stages of America and Europe, and their influence continues to be felt throughout the world’s theater today. Sholem Asch remains one of the most translated and performed Yiddish playwrights in history.

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A writer, performer, translator, and director, Caraid O’Brien has translated seven plays by Sholem Asch from Yiddish into English. Her debut translation of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance “set Show World aflame” according to the Village Voice. She is a three-time recipient of a new play commission from the Foundation for Jewish Culture. Her audio performance and translation of Klara Klebanova's memoir about the Russian Revolution, The Last Maximalist, as well as The Dead Man, Sholem Asch's drama about the flu epidemic of 1919, were produced by The Yiddish Book Center and available to listen to here. Her latest Asch translation, On the Road to Zion, debuted as a radio play with the Yiddish Book Center this spring. She spent ten years studying theater with Luba Kadison, the last surviving member of the Vilna Troupe, and five years studying musical theater history with legendary crooner Seymour Rexite.  

This program is presented by YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and co-sponsored by the Yiddish Book Center. It is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.