Fresh from a triumphant tour of the capitals of Europe, Max Reinhardt, whom many students of the theatre have termed the outstanding director of his time, arrives in New York tonight aboard the steamship Olympic.
Professor Reinhardt, whose theatrical interests in Germany were liquidated by the Nazi regime last March because he is Jewish, despite the fact that world acclaim had greeted his twenty-five years at the head of the Deutsches Theatre as the most impressive contribution to the modern art of drama in the Reich, comes here to direct a “Jewish Morality Play” next February.
He will begin immediate preliminary arrangements for production of the pageant, which will be presented in a tabernacle seating 5,000 persons. The play’s script has been written by Franz Werfel, another German exile. Kurt Weill, who composed the German version of “The Beggars’ Opera,” is writing the music.
Eventual construction of a permanent “Theatre in Exile” here, with Reinhardt at its helm, is said to be the ultimate aim of those who are fostering the morality play.
Another arrival in New York tonight is Dr. J. J. Golub, director of the Hospital for Joint Diseases, who is returning here aboard the Paris from Palestine, where he, together with a committee resident in the Holy Land, selected Mount Scopus as the site for the proposed Hadassah University Medical Center and Graduate School of Medicine. While in Palestine Dr. Golub made a survey of medical work and health conditions there.
Also expected to arrive here today is Alec Matalon, honorary member of the Palestine Maccabi, who is coming to this country at his own expense to study the statue of Jews in the United States. While here he also will promote interest in the forthcoming Palestine Second Maccabiad, in which Jewish athletes from every part of the world will participate.