State of the Jews
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State of the Jews

December 5 - December 8

A semi-staged preview of a new opera in two acts:

A LABA 2nd Stage Production

Presented by The Theater at the 14th Street Y

Co-presented by YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Leo Baeck Institute, American Society for Jewish Music, and Steinway & Sons

Featuring: Mario Diaz-Moresco, Kristin Gornstein, Alex Mansoori, Jonathan Z. Harris, C4 and Friends; the Merz trio (Lee Dionne, Brigid Coleridge, Julia Yang), Greg Chudzik, Harriet Langley, Lauren Siess, and Yasmina Spiegelberg

Lighting Design by Kryssy Wright || Costume Design by Amy MacDonald

The opera State of the Jews is a historical drama about Theodor Herzl (1860-1904), the charismatic and controversial Austro- Hungarian Jewish journalist whose writings ignited a mass political movement. In response to rising antisemitism, Herzl pursues the establishment of a Jewish state, but these political choices come at a great personal cost, wreaking havoc on the Herzl home. The opera interweaves the political turmoil of turn of the century Europe— the rise of nationalist movements, the threat of mass violence, and the struggle for political autonomy— with the story of Theodor’s relationship with his wife Julie, and the toll that his political work took on their marriage and lives. In her stark, contrasting response to the same historical circumstances, Julie exposes the complex and, in many ways, still unresolved challenges of that political moment in time.

General Admission: $35

Running Time: 90 Minutes

There will be one Intermission


Performance dates:

Sunday, December 8th 1:00 PM


Click HERE for tickets.


December 5
December 8
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14th Street Y
344 E. 14th St.
(212) 780-0800