A Woman’s Voice in Jewish Storytelling
This performance is a reconnection with the strong and joyful tradition of Eastern European Jewish women. Drawing on Yiddish folktales, English and Yiddish poetry, contemporary fiction, jokes, and memoir; Helen introduces us to courageous Jewish women. Rebels, jokesters, lesbian midwives, poets; they are all here, evocatively drawn. Helen finishes with inspiring stories of contemporary Jewish heroines.“Helen Mintz’ solo show is a beautifully written tribute to human survival in general and to the strength of women in particular. Mintz blends moments of humour with images of unity, empowerment, and horror. She has a real talent for selecting, writing, and pacing her stories.” Barbara Crook, Vancouver Sun
“Helen Mintz played to a sold out audience. Mintz, an extraordinary storyteller, enchanted her audience with stories of struggle, survival, and resistance.”
Karen Tulchinsky, Xtra West
The Vancouver Sun, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1993 THEATRE
WOMEN IN VIEW FESTIVAL BARBARA CROOK
Vancouver Sun Helen Mintz is a Jewish writer, storyteller and teacher who tells stories of the lives of Eastern European women, and seeks to rebuild the cultural and historical links shattered by the Holocaust.
Her solo show, A Woman’s Voice in Jewish Storytelling, is a beautifully written tribute to human survival in general and to the strength of women in particular.
Mintz blends moments of humour with images of unity, empowerment and horror.
Her story of the Women in Black, groups of Israeli and Palestinian women whose protests of the Israeli occupation of the Left Bank prompt abuse and outrage from the men around them, is a remarkable glimpse of the power of conviction. A Bowl of Soup, a harrowing tale of a mother and daughter’s concentration camp experiences, is stunning in its directness and simplicity.
Mintz has a real talent for selecting, writing and pacing her stories.