Jewish State Theatre of Poland to Play in U.s.; Cleared by State Dept.

The Polish State Jewish Theatre has been cleared by the State Department for a visit to the United States beginning in March 1959, it was announced here today by the National Jewish Welfare Board, under whose auspices the theatre will tour the country.

The first Jewish cultural group from Eastern Europe to come to this country, the Polish State Jewish Theatre is a Yiddish-speaking company whose first appearances outside of Poland drew enthusiastic audiences and rave reviews in London, Paris, Brussels, Antwerp and Leipzig. Directed by the eminent actress, Ida Kaminska, the company’s repertoire includes works by Sholom Aleichem, Jacob Goldfaden and Jacob Gordin.

The Polish State Jewish Theatre, which is subsidized by the Polish Government, stages productions regularly in Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Lodz and other Polish cities, and sometimes performs in small towns before a handful of Jews. The theatre was founded in 1948. The company’s London season of three weeks was extended by public demand. In the United States the Polish State Jewish Theatre will make its debut with a New York production about March 1.

NEXT STORY