Adaptations: Hester Street and Storytelling for the Stage and Screen

Taught by Sharyn Rothstein

Five Sessions

$169 for non-members and $149 for subscribers. 

Tuesdays 7pm to 8:30pm

October 10 through November 14 (no class October 31)

Makeup class (if necessary) November 21

Registration deadline: October 4 at 5pm

Get an insider look into adapting source material for the stage and screen in this course taught by playwright and television writer Sharyn Rothstein (TV’s SuitsRight to be Forgotten at Arena Stage). This season, Theater J will produce the world premiere of the Rothstein’s stage play of Hester Street, based on writer/director Joan Micklin Silver’s film adaptation of Yiddish writer Abraham Cahan’s novella Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto. Using Hester Street as a jumping-off point, this class will dive deep into adaptation, source texts, and transforming art from one genre to another. Students will study several popular adaptations, experiment with creative exercises in adaptation from their own favorite films, podcasts, and written works, and explore the creation and pitching of adaptations for film and television. 

Please note that text purchases and film/tv streaming or rental will be required.