World Premiere of ‘The Russian and The Jew’ at the Tank Led BY Acting and Directing Alumni

November 19, 2018

The Russian and The Jew co-written by Liba Vaynberg '13 and directed by Ines Braun '17 will have its world premiere at The Tank this December. The play is a political fairy tale that explores anti-semitism and misogyny in the Soviet Union in 1968 through the perspective of two friends. The play tackles the eternal question of, 'What is fidelity?' And what does it mean to be faithful to one's self, one's partner, and one's country. 


The project was created as a part of the Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations (COJECO) BluePrint Fellowship and supported by the COJECO and Genesis Philanthropy Group. The Russian and The Jew will run from December 4 - 20. All performances will take place at 7pm, except for December 7 and 8 when there will also be a 2 pm matinee show. A post-show talkback series will follow after select performances, they will feature conversations between Gal Beckermann (author of When They Come For Us, We'll Be Gone), the Museum of Jewish Heritage, The Council of Jewish Emigre Community Organizations, The Manhattan JCC, LABA at the 14th Street Y, and the co-playwright, actor, and COJECO Fellow, Liba Vaynberg.


Liba Vaynberg is an actor, writer, and singer. She has performed at Classic Stage Company, HERE, NY Int'l Fringe Festival, La MaMa's Ellen Stewart Theatre, WP Theatre, the Lark, Primary Stages, New Dramatists and NYTW. Regional Theater credit: Yale, Williamstown Theater Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and the Huntington Theatre. Television credits: Madame Secretary and Billy and Billie. Other credits include: several independent films, multiple web-series, and national commercials.


Ines Braun is a stage and film director from Buenos Aires. A graduate of the Universidad del Cine in Argentina, as a film director she wrote and directed several shorts. Her feature film La Ronda, was selected to participate at Berlin International Film Festival and Shanghai International Film Festival among many others. In 2014, Braun started her MFA in Theater Directing training at Columbia University. She made her debut with Trial by Fire, she also directed Chekhov's Ivanov, and Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice.


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