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The Tempest, William Shakespeare

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The Tempest, William Shakespeare


This production of Shakespeare's The Tempest brought together a number of visionary artists including: Aaron Zeitlin (1898-1973), who translated the play; Clara Segalovitsh, who is listed as the show's producer; and Avrom Morevski (1886-1964) and Moyshe Lipman (1893-), who were prominent actors of the time. Besides noting the participation of Maximilian Viskind (1908-1941) and Mordechai Mazo (1889–1943) as directors, the program lists the dramaturg (insenizatsya) as Leon Schiller (1887-1954), a prominent Polish (non-Jewish) director. After the premier of the production in 1938, the noted Yiddish writer Rokhl Oyerbakh (1903-1976) interviewed Schiller and penned an article for the Yiddish newspaper Der Moment about his participation in this production. Schiller describes his substantial artistic contact with the Yiddish theater well before collaborating on this production. Auerbach writes that Schiller and [the Yiddish director Dovid] Herman would visit one another's studios and engage in heated debates on questions of theater. Schiller also followed the development of Mikhl Weichert's Young Theater "with great interest and sympathy."




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