Zalmen or the madness of God


A play by Elie Wiesel

Directed by Guila Clara Kessous

Channah Barkhordari

Channah Barkhordari is a recent graduate of Emerson College, where she studied Writing, Literature & Publishing with a minor in Philosophy. She is an avid theater buff, and has previously acted in plays and musicals such as The Complete History of America, Hamlet II, A Woman of No Importance, and Relative Values, as well as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Annie, Little Shop of Horrors, and Beauty and the Beast. Most recently, Channah played the role of Sister Sophia in The Handyman at the Pico Playhouse with LeftBrain Productions. Channah is honored to be filling the role of Zender in this production of Zalmen, or the Madness of God under the visionary direction of Guila Clara Kessous and feels only gratitude to its author, Professor Elie Wiesel. She thanks him for having composed this, and for all of his life’s work—both written and unwritten—with especial affection for the invaluable insights she gleaned as a student in his classroom this past Fall. Channah hopes to continue fulfilling her given roles both in the theater and as an actor on the stage of life as she pursues a Ph.D. in Israel Studies.