New Stage presents new play, 'The Jewish Jester,' in Stockbridge

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STOCKBRIGE -- New Stage Performing Arts presents "The Jewish Jester: A Fable with Music" by local New York Times bestselling author Daniel Klein, with original music by Jesse Putnam.

Set in medieval times, "The Jewish Jester" tells the story of an anti-Semitic King and his Jewish Jester, who find themselves locked in a dungeon and renegotiate their relationship.

Jonathan Epstein as the Jester and Robert Lohbauer as the King will perform at the Unicorn Theatre, today through May 26, directed by Bruce T. MacDonald.

"What appealed to me about the play," said Nicki Wilson, Artistic Director of New Stage Performing Arts, "is that aside from being hilarious, it shows the absurdity of prejudice."

"This may very well be the first play that combines Elizabethan English and Yiddish," Klein said. A Great Barrington resident, he has written more than 30 books. His "Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar" has been translated into 25 languages and appeared on bestseller lists in the U.S., France, and Israel.

The play runs Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with matinees at 3 p.m. on Sundays. For tickets, call (413) 997-4444.


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