Israelis Give Performance in Hebrew on Moscow Stage

A play has just been performed on a Soviet stage in Hebrew, for the first time since the Habimah theater left Moscow over more than 60 years ago.

A group of 15 young students from the Bet Zvi Stage and Film-Acting School in Ramat Gan, led by their teacher, Nina Mikhoels, went to Moscow to participate in an international festival of drama students.

They performed a Hebrew version of “Equus,” the British play by Peter Sheffer, directed by Ofira Henning, and were the only group allowed to give two performances, in addition to a sold-out dress rehearsal.

Nina Mikhoels, daughter of the late Solomon Mikhoels, was interviewed in Moscow for reminiscences of her father, the noted Yiddish actor killed on the direct orders of Stalin.

The interview is to be included in a documentary film now being made there on the Yiddish actor.

Her sister, Natalya, was interviewed in Moscow for the film last month when she and her daughter, Viktoria, visited the Soviet capital for the inauguration of the Jewish cultural center named after Solomon Mikhoels.

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