- New York's Yiddish Theater New York's Yiddish Theater
- Poland's Yiddish TheaterPoland's Yiddish Theater
- The Dybbuk and the Theater Museum The Dybbuk and the Theater Museum
- Visionaries of Poland's Yiddish Avant-GardeVisionaries of Poland's Yiddish Avant-Garde
- Literary Theater Troupes/Miniature TheaterLiterary Theater Troupes/Miniature Theater
- Yiddish Plays on Poland's Avant-Garde StageYiddish Plays on Poland's Avant-Garde Stage
- Translations and AdaptationsTranslations and Adaptations
- THE ERK Yiddish Theater Museum ( Warsaw 1926)THE ERK Yiddish Theater Museum ( Warsaw 1926)
Rehearsing The Dybbuk, 1919
After An-ski’s death in 1920, Vilna Troupe members convened and devised a plan to mount The Dybbuk before the end of the deceased playwright's shloshim, the thirty-day period during which the living may earn merit for the recently deceased through Torah learning. On December 9, at the end of the thirty days, David Herman, with the help of the managerial skills of Mordechai Mazo, staged the world premiere of The Dybbuk in Yiddish, at the Warsaw Elizeum Theater. Actors Miriam Orelska, Alexander Stein, Avrom Morevski, and Noach Nachbush portrayed Leah, Khanan, Azriel and the Messenger.
This photo features the cast of the premiere, but the date written on it (1919) hints that there may have already been costumed rehearsals (at the very least) earlier than the Warsaw production.
Everyone was falling over their feet, day and night in rehearsal. We didn't eat, we didn't sleep. Mazo argued with the set-builders and shouted, "I'm going to split heads!" -B. Kutsher
YIVO owns the compilation of content that is posted on this website, which consists of text, images, and/or audio, and video. However, YIVO does not necessarily own each component of the compilation. Some content is in the public domain and some content is protected by third party rights. It is the user's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in YIVO websites.
The materials on this web site may be used for personal, research and educational purposes only. Publication (including posting on the Internet and online exhibitions) or any other use without prior authorization is prohibited. Please visit https://www.yivo.org/Rights-Reproductions for more information about use of materials from this website.
YIVO has employed due diligence in seeking to identify copyright holders of the materials in this compilation. We invite any copyright owners who are not properly identified to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Rehearsing The Dybbuk, 1919,” YIVO Online Exhibitions, accessed October 3, 2022, https://ataleoftwomuseums.yivo.org/items/show/2899.