The Last Survivor and Other Modern Jewish Plays by Eleanor Reissa

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Appearing at Yidstock 2022: The Festival of New Yiddish Music

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This anthology by Tony Award nominated, Eleanor Reissa, encompasses six decades of modern Jewish life in the United States. These family plays explore the subtle and not-so-subtle effects on a modern woman in a post-Holocaust world. They are bound together by a unique slant toward life, death, God and love. They explore what is humanly and inhumanly possible. The plays go straight to the heart.

The characters are brave and funny and tragic and mighty. These plays dispatch sentimental stereotypes, come to grips with life's disappointments and losses, and finally find the joy in knowing them. The Chicago Tribune says "profoundly, beautifully moving...a life affirming dance."

Beyond her work as an author Ms. Reissa is also a director, actor and singer performing around the world with Klezmer greats Frank London and the Klezmatics as well as fronting her own bands. She performs regularly at our Yidstock Festival of New Yiddish Music in mid July each year here at the Yiddish Book Center.

Paperback 2016

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