Roumanian Government Hinders Growth of National Minority Theatres

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

The Ministry of Education and Fine Arts has issued a series of new regulations governing the management of the theatres of the national minorities in Roumania.

The ordinance provides:

(1) The manager of the company must be a Roumanian citizen.

(2) All actors must be Roumanian citizens and papers proving their identity must be submitted to the Ministry for verification.

(3) All actors must be members of one of the legally recognized Actors’ Unions.

(4) A list of the plays to be performed during the season must be supplied to the Ministry. The repertory must include two plays from the repertory of the National Theatre in Bucharest.

(5) The repertory must be drawn up in such a way that it will not constitute a menace to law and order.

(6) If any play, or the sceneries used or anything else. offend in any way against Roumanian national feeling, the Company will be deprived of all further rights to give performances.

(7) The managers of the Companies must deposit a sum of 100,000 lei as a guarantee of the observance of these regulations.

The effect of these new regulations, it appears, will be to hamper the work of the Yiddish Theatre in Roumania in every direction. Very few of the best Jewish actors and actresses are Roumanian citizens. most of them coming here only for short visits. The Jewish actors, moreover, have no legally recognized union, and they are not admitted as members of the Roumanian unions.

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