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And You Shall Be A Blessing

Dorit & Gerald Paul Program in Jewish Culture and the Arts

Staged Reading of a New Play with Music About Debbie Friedman

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
7:30 pm
Folklore & Ethnomusicology Performance Pavilion (800 N. Indiana Avenue)


“We’re always at the water’s edge about to cross a sea.”

And You Shall Be A Blessing, a new play with music, focuses on renowned Jewish singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman (1951-2011) and her fight for acceptance as a female spiritual leader, as well as her struggle for self-acceptance.

Written by IU’s Spring 2016 Dorit & Gerald Paul Artist-in-Residence Deborah Yarchun with music and lyrics by Debbie Friedman.

Debbie Friedman was of the most influential voices in American Jewish music in the last century.Friedman's early musical influences included Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and others in that genre. As did her musical forbearers, Debbie raised her voice, challenging those in positions of power and popularity; she challenged the status quo.

Directed by Indiana Repertory Theatre’s Richard Roberts:

Featuring MFA actors Ashley Dillard, Meaghan Deiter, IU’s Ian McCabe, Athena Kopulos, and Shayna Plotnick, and local actors Mary Carol Reardon, Martha Jacobs, Grace Morgan, Erelyn Layden, and musician Dan Lodge-Rigal with music direction by Jacobs School of Music PhD student Ben Smith. Stage managed by Verena Lucke.

“Cross the sea it’s the time / to sing a song we are free / dance with your timbrels in hand. There’s no turning back from this journey.”

The performance will be followed by a post-show discussion with Deborah Yarchun, Richard Roberts and Cardinal Stage Company’s Randy White.

Co-sponsored by The Collins Living Learning Center

This event is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. Please contact