The Bride and the Brothel   •   2001

This play is a musical adaptation of Sholem Asch's "God of Vengeance". It centers around a Jewish family: Yankl, the owner of a brothel, his wife Sorre, a former prostitute, and their sheltered daughter, Rivkele, who all live upstairs from Yankl's immoral family business. Yankl commissions a Torah scroll (Holy Scriptures) to be placed in Rivkele's bedroom hoping that by this act, God will help him to keep his daughter chaste. Meanwhile, Rivkele has fallen in love with the prostitute Manke. When Yankl discovers his daughter has entered the world he tried to spare her from, the play spirals into a tragedy with terrible consequences for all.

Set Design by Evan Bartoletti

Gascon Center Theater - Culver City, CA

Produced & Directed by Madeline Leavitt

Based on the play "God of Vengeance"

by Sholem Asch

Translated from Yiddish by Joachim Neugroschel

Adapted by Madeline & Charles Leavitt

Choreography by Denise Leitner

Music & Lyrics by Hanna Levy

Costume Design by Shon LeBlanc

Lighting Design by Leif E. Gantvoort