Molly Picon, star of the Yiddish theatre and idol of the East Side, returned home yesterday on the President Roosevelt, after a three month vacation in Russia and Palestine. Enthusiastic over “a perfectly happy Zion, a Jewish homeland, where there is no unemployment, no misery, no financial crisis, nothing but the sound of the builders’ hammers, and the songs of the happy children.”
The “cream of the Jewish writers” are settled in Palestine now, she said. She found that the most important developments in the theatre are taking place in Russia, where the people are working toward an ideal “on Red culture and black bread.” She deplored the fact that the little theatres with which the country abounds have to be tied up with propaganda.
Miss Picon was accompanied on her trip by Jacob Kalich, her husband, director and librettist.
Miss Picon plans to make a talking picture immediately and will then be seen in a Broadway play.
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