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ACTING JEWISH: Assistant Professor of Theatre and Film Henry Bial's new book Acting Jewish: Negotiating Ethnicity on the American Stage and Screen documents the intertwined history of the American entertainment industry and Jewish people in the United States. The book looks at Jewish writers, directors and actors in American entertainment and the ways in which they have modeled behavior for Jewish American audiences. Beginning in 1947, the book chronicles some of the United States' most beloved plays, movies and television shows and identifies a double coding by which performers enact, and spectators read, Jewishness in entertainment, and how, by extension, they read into other minority identities.