Jew vs. Malta (2016)
A raucous new "chop and screw theatre piece" about monstrosity and virtuosity, fueled by pantagruelism and peppered with puppetry and dance.
JEW VS. MALTA is based on Christopher Marlowe's problematic and provocative play "The Jew of Malta,", the political theater of Bertolt Brecht and Kanye West's album "Yeezus."
JEW VS. MALTA depicts the passion of Barabas the Jew: his suffering, trial, betrayal, revenge, death, resurrection, revenge and death.
The Club at La Mama
October 28 - November 06, 2016
Conceived and Directed: Jesse Freedman
Ensemble: Youn Jung Kim, Rakia Seaborn, David North
Costumes: Karen Boyer
Lights: Jenn Reiser
Sound: Avi Amon
Sets and Props: Ali Shrago-Spechler
Stage Management: Molly Bicks
Production Management and Technical Direction: Paul Passaro
"In his new play, “Jew vs. Malta,” Jewish artist Jesse Freedman has paired works that could not seem, on the surface at least, to be more different .. But by slicing and dicing the words and music, respectively, from these sources, Freedman satirizes the ways in which politicians cold-heartedly exploit and manipulate differences among groups in American society"
- The Jewish Week-