William Way LGBT Center
1315 Spruce St, Philadelphia
7-10pm ▼▼▼ $5-25 requested donation (benefits JVP Philly)
+ bring cash for refreshments!
No one turned away for lack of funds
All ages welcome//all welcome in general
The William Way Center is wheelchair accessible.
Rough timeline of events...
▼ 7PM Doors Open
▼ 7:30PM Ritual Welcome with Tikkun Olam Chavurah
▼ 7:45PM Dancing for Justice (DFJ) Philadelphia: Black Lives Matter Pop-Up Action (participatory choreographed action)
▼ 8PM Show begins!
▼ 9-10PM Dance Party!
▼▼▼ WEAR COSTUMES! It's traditional plus there will be a photobooth! ▼▼▼
WHAT IS THIS EVENT?
The Jewish holiday of Purim celebrates the events of the biblical Scroll (Book) of Esther (aka "the whole megillah") in which Jews are saved from genocidal tyranny by Esther's bravery to out herself as a Jew (+ there is much more to this story). Purim occurs in the Jewish month of Adar, when we are commanded to increase JOY and welcome a season of miracles!
A Purim-shpil ("play" in Yiddish) is a centuries-old annual ritual performance of topsy-turvy, upside-down, carnivalesque weirdness - it's in the Talmud! A time to re-read and re-interpret the Book of Esther and the daily news while wearing costumes, gayly eating triangular yonic cookies, and reveling in our surreal disorientation.
WHAT IS THIS SHOW ABOUT?
This year’s shpil (play) is a re-mix of The Wizard of Oz, the Megillah, characters from Narnia, modern political questions, and more! Frogs, beavers, migratory and domesticated birds populate the landscape. Esther and her rooster traveling companion Toto are on the move. A giant baby spews tyrannical noise pollution. May this be the year that the Witch Against White Supremacy conquers the Wicked Snitch!
WHO IS ORGANIZING THIS?
This shpil is co-sponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace Philly and the Tikkun Olam Chavurah. There are over 30 volunteers involved - stay tuned for thank yous in the program!
++ Special shout outs to Spiral Q Puppets, Eric Joselyn and Folk Arts – Cultural Treasures Charter School, Donna Oblongata, and Vaudevillians NYB for loaning key costumes and props! ++