YICHUD (Seclusion) by Julie Tepperman MAY 21-29

Saturday May 21, 2011
7:30PM - 9:30PM

YICHUD (Seclusion) by Julie Tepperman MAY 21-29

Category :: Theatre
"…this is a huge, impressive accomplishment…When theatre is done well, the result is glorious. YICHUD (Seclusion) is done very, very well. I recommend it, very, very highly.”
~ Lynn Slotkin, CBC Radio

“YICHUD (Seclusion) offers a realistic look at love, marriage, and human relations that can be appreciated by Jews and non-Jews alike.”
~ Miriam Cross, Shalom Life

Rachel & Chaim are Orthodox Jews living in Toronto. They have requested an arranged marriage and today is their wedding day.

The Yichud Room is where the bride & groom go to be alone together immediately following the wedding ceremony. In the case of Rachel & Chaim, who’ve only had a handful of chaperoned dates, this is the first time they have ever been alone together.

In another part of the Synagogue, tensions rise between the groom’s older brothers Ephraim & Menachem, rival Torah scholars who haven’t seen each other in four years. Meanwhile, the bride’s parents Mordechai & Malka are secretly planning to divorce after the wedding. In a last attempt to woo her back, Mordechai takes some unorthodox measures.

YICHUD (Seclusion) directly confronts the tensions that exist in the Orthodox Jewish world between tradition and modernity, powerfully dramatizing issues of love, sex, marriage, faith, religion, respect, honour, and duty. The setting is specifically Jewish; the story is universal and life-affirming.

Written by Julie Tepperman

Directed by Aaron Willis & Richard Greenblatt

Production Design by Beth Kates

Musical Direction & Original Compositions by Aviva Chernick

Project Consultant: Shira Schwartz

Featuring: Diane Flacks, Richard Greenblatt, Jordan Pettle, Michael Rubenfeld, Julie Tepperman & Aaron Willis

Klezmer Musicians: Ronen Segall (accordion), Bob Stevenson (clarinet) & Jeff Wilson (percussion)

For More Information:
Aaron Willis
Theatre Passe Muraille
16 Ryerson Avenue
M5T 2P3
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