The Golem: A Horror Opera
by Liz Swados; dramaturgy by Cobina Gillitt
World premiere: October 1, 2015 in The Burrows Theatre, Tisch School of the Arts.
A horror opera that aims to terrify, The Golem: A Horror Opera is set in the late 1500s, when a rabbi known as The Maharal uses Jewish mysticism found in the Kabbalah to create a man out of clay to protect the Jews of Prague. But as with Frankenstein’s monster (which Mary Shelley based on the Golem story), The Maharal’s creation goes out of control. Derived from Jewish literature about the classic figure, The Golem: A Horror Opera will bring to mind modern mass-killings and the difficulty of bringing peace and justice to communities wrecked by violence and misunderstandings.