“The Collected Plays of Chaim Potok” by Chaim Potok and edited by Rena Potok— Potok the Playwright

Potok, Chaim. “The Collected Plays of Chaim Potok”, edited and with an introduction by Rena Potok, Monkfish 2018.

Potok The Playwright

Amos Lassen

Most of us know Chaim Potok as a novelist and he did, indeed, wrote nine novels. Yet he also wrote Young Adult fiction, children’s books, novellas, biographies, a history of the Jews; and numerous essays and short stories. He was also a playwright, and an ordained rabbi. “The Collected Plays of Chaim Potok” is the first volume of his plays to be published.

All his plays are collected and published here for the first time as well as a post-performance discussion on” Out of the Depths” featuring Chaim Potok and Professor David Roskies that appears for the first time in print. The volume contains the following:

Out of the Depths (Previously did not exist in written form—the last version was a 1992 video of a staged workshop performance; this play was reconstructed in this collection by Rena Polok and David Bassuk using that version.)

Sins of the Father (The Carnival and The Gallery) (Staged in Philadelphia in 1990. Few copies existed, and the plays would have been lost if not for electronic preservation and updating.)

The Play of Lights (Performed in Philadelphia in 1992. Few, if any, copies of the play were left, and it would have been lost if not for electronic preservation and updating.)

The Chosen (Performed in 1999. Adapted from the novel of the same name into a play by Chaim Potok and Aaron Posner.)

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