Oklahoma Christian University opens its new theater season with a stage adaptation of “The Golem,” a dramatic poem based on the Jewish folk story of an artificial avenger.
H. Leivick wrote the poem in 1921, though the golem concept has been traced throughout Jewish history. Barrett Huddleston, professor of theater, and Charles Rix, professor of Bible, collaborated on the stage adaption of the famous poem, which is popular in Yiddish theater.
Huddleston selected the play because of its fit with this year’s theme of “uncertainty.”
“The play uses the fantasy elements to pose a serious religious question: Should justice or salvation be more valued by the righteous?” said Huddleston, who also directs the play. “The play is an excellent venue for this question because theater has equipped itself to render concrete, deep apprehensions and uncertainties, be they social, spiritual or existential questions.”
“The Golem” is set in Prague and features Rabbi Loew ben Bazalel. He creates an unformed being from the dirt for the purpose of protecting Jews from the anti-semitic riots, or pogroms, of the 17th century. The story of this almost Frankenstein-like character includes a number of Jewish and Christian themes.
“The sacrifices Rabbi Loew undertakes come at a tragic cost,” Huddleston said. “They serve as a caution to those that nurture revenge instead of grace.”
The 10-person cast for "The Golem" features A.J. Leingang as the Golem, and Talon Ice as the rabbi. Leingang is a freshman from Edmond, Okla., and Ice is a sophomore from Kingfisher, Okla.
The play begins at 8 p.m. in Judd Theatre on Oct. 18-20. To order tickets, call the OC Box Office at (405) 425-5540. The play is appropriate for ages 12 and up.
Tickets cost $10. Tickets for senior citizens over 60 and groups of 20 or more are $8. OC students, faculty and staff and their immediate families are free (with a valid ID).