New York, 1949. Herman Broder just barely survived Nazi persecution as a Jew in Poland because his servant Yadwiga saved his life. He marries her out of gratitude, and takes her to New York to start a new life there. But every time that Herman claims he's out selling books for Rabbi Lampert, he's spending the night with his mistress Masha, who he knows from the camps in Germany. When Tamara– his wife from Poland who was believed to be dead – suddenly knocks on his door, Herman is caught helplessand undecided between three women, all irreplaceable to him in their own way.
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991) himself emigrated to the United States in 1935 as the son of a Polish rabbi family. As the first and so far only Yiddish writer, he received the 1978 Nobel Prize for literature for his impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life«.
With music by Daniel Kahn, Yael Ronen stages Singer's novel, which portrays the social and private conflicts of survivors with great humanity, love and humor and asks: how can love be built on the ruins of a catastrophy?
Premiere: 11. März 2016