"Kaddish for My Father," with Ilan Stavans

A Live, Online Event Recorded Via Zoom on May 17, 2020

Ilan Stavans presents a reading of his play "Kaddish for My Father," directed by Daniel Lombardo, which follows the son of a famous Mexican theater and telenovela actor who lies on his deathbed as he tries to come to terms with the emotional trail his father left behind and with the tension between the public figure and private man. The reading is followed by a brief Q&A. 

About the playwright: Ilan Stavans is an internationally renowned writer whose books, translated into numerous languages, have been adapted into film, theater, TV, and radio. He is the author of the graphic novels El Iluminado (2013) and Angelitos (2017), the award-winning poem "The Wall" (2018), and the forthcoming meditation on immigration and mental illness What Remains (2020). He edited the Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (1998), the Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (2011), Becoming Americans (2013), and How Yiddish Changes America and How America Changed Yiddish (2020), among other volumes. His other one-man play The Oven has toured all over the United States. He is Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College.

About the director: Daniel Lombardo’s career started in Connecticut's legendary Open State Company. For a decade, he served as artistic director of Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, working in over a hundred productions.

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