Speaker series invites Heather Nathans for a talk on Jewish Identity on the American stage


Come to Heather’s Nathan’s talk in English “Hideous Characters and Beautiful Pagans: Performing Jewish Identity on the Antebellum American Stage” on Friday, September 27th at 10am.

The talk explores the ways in which representations of Jewish characters in American theaters mirrored the treatment of Jewish Americans outside the playhouse. She will talk about how stereotypes as well as the characters intended to soften the image of the ‘stage Jew’. These diverse types reflect the struggle of Jewish Americans to establish themselves in the new nation, while still adhering to the cultural traditions and religious doctrines of their ancestors. Delving into a wide array of sources from diaries to tax records to political cartoons, Nathans illuminates the history of revolutionary artists who insisted that they belonged on the stage and who ultimately paved the way for the generations that followed. Heather Nathans is the Chair of the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at Tufts University.

This talk is free and open to the public. No reservations necessary, but seating is limited. The Speaker Series has been made possible with the support of the Embassy of the United States of America, France. / Avec le soutien de l’Ambassade des États-Unis d’Amérique.