April 25, 2020, 8-10pm
Virtual In-Process Event
presented in partnership with LACE
theatre dybbuk will present a virtual in-process presentation of its latest work-in-progress, breaking protocols, hosted in partnership with LACE at 8pm PST on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The approximately 90-minute event will be presented through Zoom (zoom.us) and will include readings from the in-process script performed by the ensemble, as well as a chat with the Artistic Director and a writing workshop that explores the themes of the show. The April 25th online event is free.
The in-process presentation with LACE is supported in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
An additional in-process event is due to take place in May with The Hive at Leichtag Commons (leichtag.org/the-hive/) in Encinitas. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, details of this event are still being determined and will be announced soon.
theatre dybbuk will premiere breaking protocols at the Philosophical Research Society (prs.org) in Los Feliz on August 14, 2020 at 8:00 PM. The play will run for four consecutive weekends from August 14 to September 6 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 7:00 PM. Set in the U. S. on the eve of the 1940 election, the production examines the quintessential antisemitic text, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” through the lens of a decaying vaudeville troupe using the tricks of the trade to try to set the record straight.
Exploding “The Protocols,” theatre dybbuk’s performance will explore contemporary issues connected to racism, propaganda, and false narratives.
The performance incorporates choreography by Andrew Pearson, production design by Leslie K. Gray, lighting design by Brandon Baruch, costume design by Kathryn Poppen, and music composed by Fahad Siadat. The production is written and directed by theatre dybbuk’s artistic director, Aaron Henne, and is being developed with the ensemble. The play features an ensemble of three actors – Joe Jordan, Julie A. Lockhart, and Diana Tanaka – performing alongside a quartet of musicians.
Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Discounts are available for students, seniors, and union members.
The Philosophical Research Society is located at 3910 Los Feliz Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90027.
breaking protocols is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project, co-commissioned by Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) and The Hive at Leichtag Commons.
theatre dybbuk creates provocative new works that blend physical theatre with dance, poetry, and music for exciting, utterly singular live experiences. The company explores the rich world of Jewish folklore, rituals, and history, building lyrical performances that illuminate universal human experience for contemporary audiences.
About The Protocols of the Elders of Zion-
Supposedly the record of secret meetings of Jewish leaders, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” describes an alleged conspiracy to dominate the world. Nowhere in “The Protocols” does it indicate when or where the meetings took place, who attended, or who authored it. “The Protocols” was first published in 1903 (an abbreviated version) in the St. Petersburg newspaper Znamya (The Banner); it was published in its entirety in 1905 as an appendix to the book The Great in the Small: The Coming of the Anti-Christ and the Rule of Satan on Earth by Sergei Nilus.
In 1920 in the U.S., Henry Ford published The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem, a compilation of a series of articles largely based on “The Protocols” that appeared in Ford’s Dearborn Independent newspaper. It sold more than 500,000 copies and was translated into at least 16 languages.
Despite the fact that it has been thoroughly discredited as a fraud (first by Irish journalist Phillip Graves in a series of articles in The Times of London in 1921), “The Protocols” continues to be a touchpoint and inspiration for antisemitic groups world-wide.