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THE VILNA TROUPE, newspaper coverage and program

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THE VILNA TROUPE, newspaper coverage and program


The Vilna Troupe was a network of theater troupes (of 250 actors) that grew from a single troupe (of 15 actors) that formed in German-occupied Vilna during World War One. It was one of a number of troupes during this period that sought to produce literary Yiddish theater instead of the melodramatic and commercial fare that drove the industry. The Vilna Troupe claimed the attention of some of the most important theater figures of its day including George Bernard Shaw, David Belasco, and Sarah Bernhardt. They were the first to perform S.Y. Ansky's The Dybbuk, and toured as many as sixty cities a year throughout the world.




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