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David Licht Dead at 71

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Funeral services will be held here Monday for David Licht, a director and former actor in the Yiddish Theater. Mr. Licht died Thursday of a heart attack at the age of 71. A resident of both New York and Buenos Aires, Argentina, Mr. Licht was associated with the Folksbiene theater, sponsored by the Workmen’s Circle, for 30 years. At his death, he was working on an adaption of “God, Man and Devil” by Jacob Gordin, to be presented by the Folksbiene this fall.

Born in Lvov, Poland, Mr. Licht was an actor first with the Polish State Theater and then with the Vilna Yiddish Troupe. He later became a director and worked in Poland, Rumania and France before settling in Buenos Aires in 1935. He came to the United States in 1945, Mr. Licht received an Obie, the off-Broadway theater award, in 1973 for his direction of “Hard to be a Jew” at the Eden Theater here.

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