“Green Violin” is a USD theater department production that took place from April 19-23 in the Wayne N. Knutson Theatre.
Director of the “Green Violin” Chaya Gordon-Bland said the production reflects Yiddish culture.
“It’s a play about a theater company and it is about Jewish artists and Jewish art. We have the artwork of Marc Chagall (for the) visual arts and we have the Goset theater creating their theatrical arts,” Bland said. “We also have the play itself as a piece of Yiddish art that is theater, it is music. This is a very unusual musical in the sense that the style of music is klezmer.”
“Green Violin” is a musical that takes place from the ’20s to the ’40s, Bland said. The background to the story starts with the Russian Revolution.
“’Green Violin’ follows the friendship and collaboration between the painter Marc Chagall, who is a very famous painter of the 20th century and his collaboration with the Goset theater which was the state-sponsored Yiddish theater in Moskow which launched in 1920,” Bland said. “The play follows that relationship between Chagall and the Goset and the leading actor of the Goset, Solomon Mikhoels.”
Bland said the suppression of people leads to the overall message of “Green Violin.”
“The story of people being subjugated, oppressed, disenfranchised and left out, unfortunately, is a story as old as time. It is a story that I feel that resonates with our current political times,” Bland said. “I think there is a very subversive element of making the choice to be compassionate, loving, to appreciate, recognize goodness, light and miracles even when things are difficult.”
Correction: The Volante incorrectly stated that “The Green Violin” will be running from April 19-21, but it is actually running until April 23. The Volante regrets this error.