PROGRAM

Swartz, Maurice [Maurice Schwartz] ; Rolland, Romain [Paul Muni]

Published by Yiddish Art Theatre, New York, 1925
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1st Edition. Original Full-Color Wrappers, Beautifully Illustrated by Josef Foshko. 8vo. 10 pages ; 22 cm. Original Program from the Yiddish Art Theatre’s production of Romain Rolland’s "Wolves" (Les Loups) from January, 29th 1925. Maurice Schwartz, who founded the historic Yiddish Art Theater at Irving Place, both directed and starred in the show. Notably, the second part of "D’Oryon" is played by Paul Muni, listed here as "Muni Weisenfreund. " "Muni was an American stage and film actor who was born in Lemberg (Galicia, Austro-Hungarian Empire) and grew up in Chicago. He started his acting career in the Yiddish theatre. During the 1930s, he was considered one of the most prestigious actors at Warner Brothers studios, and was given the rare privilege of choosing which parts he wanted " Muni would get his break about 4 years after this show was produced in 1929. The program is from 8 years before Muni’s now famous role as Tony Camonte in the original ‘Scarface, ’ and 9 years before he won Best Actor for his role as Louis Pasteur. The program also provides a good example of the Yiddish Art Theatre’s mission. "In 1918 Schwartz founded the Yiddish Art Theatre (and) had ambitions for a people's theater that would produce classic, literary works that will bring honor to the Yiddish Theatre. "(Wikipedia, 2016) Interestingly, this would not be the only production of Rolland’s "Wolves" in Yiddish. "The Warsaw Yiddish Art Theatre sought to expose its audiences to an international repertoire rooted in contemporary social and political issues (as well) , staging plays such as Victor Hugo’s ‘Der glokntsier fun Noterdam’ (The Bell-Ringer of Notre Dame; 1925) and Romain Rolland’s ‘Velf’ (Wolves; 1926) , the latter set during the French Revolution. " (Yivo Encyclopedia, 2016) Rolland won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1915 for his renowned novel "Jean-Christophe. " Includes Cast of Characters with Credits, a diagram of the theater, and a full synopsis of the play. Also includes many many Illustrated Period Ads from Yiddish Businesses – including the "American Palestine Line, " "a steamship company, formed in 1924 in the U. S. , for the purpose of providing direct passenger service from New York to Palestine and was reportedly the first steamship company owned and operated by Jews. " (Wikipedia, 2016) . OCLC lists no copies worldwide. Program is worn with edges folded. Overall it is very attractive with bright colors and clear text. About good condition. (AMR-49-45A). Bookseller Inventory # 37733

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Title: PROGRAM

Publisher: Yiddish Art Theatre, New York

Publication Date: 1925

Binding: Paperback

Edition: 1st Edition

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