Eight Yiddish theatres will offer entertainment to playgoers of the metropolitan area during the coming season.
“The Verdict,” by S. Levitan off, Soviet playwright, and Schnitzler’s “Dr. Bernhardi” have been selected by the New York Art Troupe, heirs of the Maurice Schwartz tradition on the East Side’s Broadway for the opening of the Yiddish Folk Theatre’s season.
This newly formed production unit, which hopes to carry on for the thirty weeks of the Yiddish theatrical season with a succession of semi-classical Yiddish plays of the type of “Crime and Punishment” and “David Golder,” begins its first season under the management of Leon Hoffman, who worked with Maurice Schwartz until Schwartz left for Hollywood. Most of the artists who formed the old Yiddish Art Group, will be with the unit: Joseph Buloff, Lazar Freed, Anna Appel, Ben Zwi Baratoff, Luba Kadison and others. A company of sixty will be gathered together before the opening night, Sept. 19.
At the Second Avenue Theatre, Molly Picon, after an absence of four years from the Yiddish stage, returns in Dymov’s “Runaway Bride.” At the Public Theatre, Aaron Lebedeff presents the operetta, “A Happy Family,” last season’s outstanding Yiddish dramatic success, with Menachem Reuben and Itzchock Freed. Four theatres in the Bronx and Brooklyn offer theatre fare to the Yiddish playgoer.
“Arteff,” the Yiddish proletarian and experimental group, which last year produced Gorki’s “Yegor Bulitcheff,” has secured the Little Theatre at Forty-eighth street and Broadway for its amateur players this season.