INTRODUCTION TO THE MAD 7

The Seven Beggars - Illustration by Moreen Greenberg from Safed (Isr.)
The Seven Beggars - Illustration by Moreen Greenberg from Safed (Isr.)

Yehuda Hyman's The Mad 7 is the modern story of one man’s quest to find his lost soul.  Based on the story of The Seven Beggars by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, a nineteenth-century Ukranian mystic, this one-man play integrates music, dance, and storytelling as it spins a whimsical and compelling fable of self-discovery.  Elliott Green, a contemporary, alienated, Jewish office drone, embarks on an epic journey in search of his elusive destiny, glimpses of which have come to him in a mysterious, recurring dream. He is whisked away on an odyssey led by a series of storytellers, each reflecting a different facet of the Jewish Diaspora.

Yehuda Hyman’s work explores the intersection of theater, dance, myth and mysticism. He writes from a very personal place, and out of that authenticity extraordinary characters emerge. He creates imaginative stories that in their specificity have broader social and political impact. Unlike conventional plays, The Mad 7 is conceived as a blend of storytelling, movement and music. While the play is epic in its scope and imagination, it is a deeply personal story and representative of an artistic voice that is as infectious as it is original.

The Mad 7 is rich in meaning, symbols and allusion.  Like many great plays, it exists on several levels—at once an extraordinarily accessible fable and a set of deeply resonant metaphors.  Like the story on which it is based, it can be taken and enjoyed at face value, or it can be decoded and explored for its secrets and mysteries.  The content in this guide (and throughout our website) is intended as only a first step in that voyage of discovery and exegesis.  So investigate, uncover, prospect and scrutinize.  We can't wait to hear what you find!