In late 1925, cartoonists and book illustrators Zuni Maud and Yosl Cutler—a wild and wonderful artistic duo—fell upon the idea of creating a Yiddish puppet theater. An immediate hit on the Lower East Side, their hilarious puppet plays were performed to sold-out crowds all over the United States, Europe, and the Soviet Union. Fusing Jewish tradition with high art and left-wing politics, Maud and Cutler created a unique Yiddish experience. This lecture from Eddy Portnoy, featuring photos, illustrations, and a short film, will detail the compelling history of this unusual Yiddish puppet theater.
Eddy Portnoy is the academic advisor and director of exhibitions and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. He is the author of "Bad Rabbi and other Strange but True Stories from the Yiddish Press" (Stanford University Press 2017).
This live event will be presented via Zoom and will stream live on the Yiddish Book Center's Facebook page. Space is limited. If you’d like to reserve a virtual seat in the Zoom audience—which will allow you to submit questions—registration is required.