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Beloved Russian Writer to be Feted
Isaac Babel, a writer of historic impact through his works in theater, film, music and stories, will be celebrated during a three-day festival at Smith, Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts, from Thursday through Saturday, December 9–11. The festival features a performance at Smith of Babel's play Marya on each of the three festival nights, at 8 p.m. in Theatre 14 at the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.



Isaac Babel Festival
December 9–11

Schedule

Thursday, December 9

Keynote address “Other as Self:Isaac Babel’s Wandering Russian Jew.” Judith Kornblatt, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Reception follows. 4–6 p.m., Center for Russian Culture, Amherst College

Theatre Marya, by Isaac Babel. Veniamin Smekhov, director. 8 p.m., Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College

Friday, December 10

Panel on Marya with Stephen F. Jones, Russian studies, Mount Holyoke College; Leonard Berkman, theatre, Smith; and Smekhov. 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Mendenhall CPA, Smith College

Recital of Russian and Jewish music. Boris Kogan, cello, Sofya Shainskaia, piano. 4:30 p.m., Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass

Presentation “Trading Places: Perevod, ‘Miss Harriet,’ and ‘Guy de Maupassant.’” 2:30–3:30 p.m., Center for Russian Culture, Amherst College

Theatre Marya. 8 p.m., Mendenhall CPA, Smith College

Performance "How It Was Done in Odessa," by Andrei Malaev-Babel, Isaac Babel’s grandson and artistic director of the Stanislavsky Theater, Washington, D.C. Performance based on stories by Isaac Babel. 8 p.m., Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, Amherst College

Saturday, December 11

Screening of Bezhin Meadow and lecture, “The Tragedy of Bezhin Meadow,” by Patricia Blake. 11 a.m.–noon, Earle Recital Hall, Sage, Smith College

Presentation “How It Was Done in Tel Aviv: Gesher Theatre Stages Odessa Stories.” Olga Gershenson, UMass. 12:15–1 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage, Smith College

Panel on Odessa with Robert Rothstein, UMass, and Patricia Herlihy, Brown University. 2–3:15 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage, Smith College

Film screening of Jewish Luck. Yakov Gubanov, piano, Mimi Rabson, violin. 3:30–6 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage, Smith College

Theatre Marya. 8 p.m., Mendenhall CPA, Smith College

For more information, send email to babelfest@amherst.edu.

 

 
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