Nahshon, Edna.

Published by Westport, Conn. ; Greenwood Press, 1998
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Original Cloth. 8vo. XIV, 260 pages. 25 cm. First edition. Edna Nahshon, Professor of Yiddish at the Jewish Theological Seminary, takes us through the history of the Artef, the radical Yiddish dramatic troupe based in New York during the heyday of the Yiddish theater in America. Begun in the mid-1920s as a study group of amateur worker-actors (at one time there were nine separate studios with over 120 students) , in the 1930s the troupe went professional, putting on at least two and often three new plays per season. With such plays as Jacob Mostel 's Strike, Shmuel Godiner 's Jim Kooperkop, Avrum Vevioka 's Diamonds, and Maxim Gorky 's Egor Bulychev and Dostigaev and Others, Artef spread propaganda to the masses. Chapters I-IV discuss the ideological, social, and cultural forces that gave rise to the Artef, the crystallization of the organization, and the work of its acting studio, which in 1928 became the acting collective of the Artef; Chapters V-VIII cover the period of 1929-1934, the formative years of the Artef and their correspondence to communist Third Period doctrine; Chapters IX-XIII are devoted to the theatres successful Broadway period, which paralleled the Communist Party 's liberal Popular Front era. The last chapter discusses the efforts to revive the Artef, and its inevitable demise following the 1939 German-Russian Nonaggression Pact. This is a major work in Jewish Theatre Studies that will be of great use to scholars and other researchers involved with Jewish and Performance Theatre Studies as well as the history of the American Left. Subjects: Theater, Yiddish - New York (State) - New York - History - 20th century. Artef - Arbeter Teater Farband. Theater, Yiddish. Theater. Institutional stamps on outer edges and title page; otherwise very clean and fresh. Good + condition. (YID-22-35) yid3. Bookseller Inventory # 35389

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Publisher: Westport, Conn. ; Greenwood Press

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardback

Edition: 1st Edition

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