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The Warsaw Yiddish Art Theater (Varshever Yidisher Kunst Teater, VYKT)

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The Warsaw Yiddish Art Theater (Varshever Yidisher Kunst Teater, VYKT)


The Warsaw Yiddish Art Theater was a critically acclaimed Yiddish dramatic company active in interwar Poland from 1924–1925, 1926–1928, and 1938–1939. The extraordinary success of The Vilner Troupe with The Dybbuk made clear that a considerable audience existed in Poland for Yiddish theater with artistic aspirations. But was this new theater to confine itself specifically to Jewish subjects and style? The Warsaw Yiddish Art Theater was founded by two of the leading young representatives of Yiddish dramatic theater, Ida Kaminska and Zygmunt who believed that the new theater should open itself to the themes and styles of contemporary European theater. Kaminska and Turkow had already assembled a company that performed at the Tsentral Theater in Warsaw in 1922–1923. The VYKT began to perform as such in 1924.


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