YCDS Celebrates 100th Production

December 2 Performance of “12 Angry Men” Honors Longtime Yeshiva College Dramatics Society Member and Mentor Rabbi Dr. John Krug; President Richard Joel to Cameo

The Yeshiva College Dramatics Society will celebrate one of its most beloved members when it hosts a special performance of “12 Angry Men” on December 2 at 3 p.m. on Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus, 185th Street between Audubon Ave. and St. Nicholas Ave. The performance—the 100th production by the school’s dramatics society—will honor Rabbi Dr. John Krug for his 42 years of dedicated service to YCDS.

John Krug will be honored at the Dec. 2 performance.
John Krug will be honored at the Dec. 2 performance.

For first time in its history, YCDS will produce a play that it has performed before, reprising “12 Angry Men,” the play with which it debuted in 1965. But the evening will be about paying tribute to Krug, who has been involved with the dramatics society for more than 40 years, first as an actor while he was a student at Yeshiva College, and then as the lighting designer as a faculty member and volunteer.

Krug graduated Yeshiva College in 1974, received his rabbinical ordination from YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and holds several degrees from YU’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, and is an adjunct professor at RIETS. He pursued both his rabbinical and theatrical dreams, becoming the dean of student life and welfare at The Frisch School in Paramus, NJ, and the longtime lighting director for the Fantasticks, which was the world’s longest running musical before it closed in 2002.

“Rabbi Krug is a real renaissance man, and since I began working at YU, he has always been a real source of support to both me and the students, to whom he serves as an invaluable mentor,” said YCDS Director Lin Snider. “His many technical and creative skills, as well as his advocacy of the society’s importance at YU, have made him an essential part of YCDS for decades. He began as a student actor and has been coming back to assist us ever since.”

Snider said she chose the play—which will feature a cameo appearance from YU’s President Richard M. Joel in the December 2 performance—because she felt it particularly poignant given its critical look at the American justice system.

To support YCDS, buy tickets to the 100th production, or to register for the reception honoring Rabbi Dr. Krug, please visit www.yu.edu/ycds100th or call 212-960-5373.