The National Iddish Theatre presents the American Premiere of GIMPEL TAM (Gimpel the Fool) - a New Musical based on the short story by Isaac Bashevis Singer, written and directed by Moshe Yassur, music by Radu Captari, musical director Zalmen Mlotek.
This adaptation of Singer's morally complex story of a simple man whose faith and innocence are tested by life's harsh truths will keep you engaged from start to finish. Isaac Bashevis Singer is the only Yiddish author to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. In his acceptance speech, Singer famously said, "There is a quiet humor in Yiddish and a gratitude for every day of life, every crumb of success, each encounter of love." In this story, Gimpel, much like Job, finds his faith tested endlessly when even his crumbs are taken away. For Gimpel, it is his faith in humanity which is tried time and time again by the cruelty of his fellow shtetl dwellers who find amusement in taking advantage of Gimpel's gullibility. But Gimpel reasons that he must believe in his fellow man, no matter how ridiculous the lie, in order to maintain his faith in goodness.
Moshe Yassur's musical adaptation takes us to the pre-war shtetl of Frampol, a small provincial town untouched by the Enlightenment. Author and Director Moshe Yassur was born in Jassy, Roumania, the birthplace of The Yiddish Theatre. He has had a distinguished career working with such venerable institutions as Israel's National Theater Habima. Moshe Yassur also staged a play at The National Theatre in Bucharest. Gimpel Tam marks Mr. Yassur's directorial debut with The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene.