God of Vengeance

Head Trick Theatre presents God of Vengeance

In a house built over a brothel, Yekel and Sarah struggle for a place in legitimate Jewish society as a pimp and a former prostitute. Everything hinges on marrying off their daughter Rifkele, but Rifkele’s secret relationship with Manke, one of the women of the brothel, threatens their carefully laid plans. In Sholem Asch’s GOD OF VENGEANCE, the boundary between the seedy underworld and the respectable world dissolves: when both are built on the sale of female bodies, which is the family home and which the brothel?

“The greatest art has the ability to hold up a mirror to show us our flawed humanity. This was never more apparent than in Head Trick Theatre’s outstanding production of Shalom Asch’s ‘God of Vengeance.’ A powerhouse cast…Rifkele [is] played with an appealing mix of charm and innocence by Emma Sacchetti…Eric Behr is mesmerizing…With this fascinating group of actors, the show left you wanting to see what they will do next.” — Edge Media Network

“Riveting…a fascinating piece of theatre…Eric Behr gave a powerful performance as Yekel, Christine Pavao portrayed just the right mix of playfulness and sincerity as Manke, and Geoff White as Reb Eli captures the character’s desire to help his fellow man…One particular clever bit of direction was having the prostitutes raise the set pieces which portrayed the walls of the house – as Yekel and Sarah’s house was indeed built by their particular business.” — Broadway World

Part of Head Trick’s 2017-18 season

by Sholem Asch
directed by Rebecca Maxfield
Performed March 9-18, 2018 at AS220’s Black Box

  • RIFKELE…..Emma Sacchetti
  • SARAH…..Susan Buttrick
  • YEKEL…..Eric Behr
  • SHLOYME…..Ian Hudgins
  • HINDEL…..Rebecca Schmitt Tung
  • REB ELI…..Geoff White
  • MANKE…..Christine Pavao
  • REIZEL…..Julian Trilling
  • BASHA…..Ashley Moore
  • Stage Manager…..Maxine Wolfson
  • Fight Choreography…..Rudy Sanda
  • Set Design…..Brenton Duhan
  • Technical Direction…..Ian Hudgins
  • Dramaturgy…..Lila Weingast

Promotional art adapted from photograph by Lorie Shaull, CC BY-SA 4.0