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ARS NOVA + LIGHTNING ROD SPECIAL: UNDERGROUND RAILROAD GAME
Williamstown, 8 p.m.
Created by Jennifer Kidwell & Scott R. Sheppard, Directed by Taibi Mager Named one of the top ten theatre experiences of 2016 by the New York Times, Underground Railroad Game is a vivid, piercing piece of experimental performance from Philadelphia-based company Lightning Rod Special. Over its rapid-fire 75 minutes, the piece toes the line between sketch comedy show and excruciating American history lesson, set in a middle school classroom. Lightning Rod Special’s raucous performance earned them the 2017 Obie Award for Best New American Theatre Work, one of the highest honors in the field. By tearing down barriers of political correctness and challenging the contemporary liberal interracial dialogue, Underground Railroadexcavates hidden—and often ugly—truths about race, identity, and historical memory. 62 Center
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FILM | "DER PURIMSPILER" ("THE JESTER")
Amherst, 2 p.m.
With its lively circus and vaudeville music and set pieces, The Jester provides a glimpse of 1937 Warsaw’s thriving Yiddish revues and cabarets, which were destroyed soon after. Many of the film’s Polish- Jewish crew and actors were killed in the Holocaust, making the film’s touches of melancholy even more profound for today’s audiences. Poland, USA, 1937, 88 mins., directed by Joseph Green and Joan Nowina-Przybylski, Yiddish with English subtitles. Restored by The National Center for Jewish Film. COST: Student | $4 Member | $6 General Admission | $8 Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street Amherst, MA 01002 413-256-4900 programs@yiddishbookcenter.org http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/
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