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SCENES AND IMAGES FROM THE
HEBREW ACTORS' UNION AT THE AUDITIONS
by Chaim Ehrenreich

published in the Yiddish Forward newspaper on April 5, 1935
translated by Steven Lasky

Candidates taken into the union perform theatre, and the audience are actors
who must decide whether the audition maker should be playing theatre.

An actor, it seems, is an experienced theatre person. He knows, after all, all the "tricks" and is proficient in all the arts of the stage. And yet, by their auditions for the Hebrew Actors' Union, one could see that at times they are ordinary mortal men. He becomes fascinated by a strong scene, he applauds a good actor and he cries and laughs together with those who perform for him. He forgets at times that he is a "judge" here, that soon he will have to vote and give out verdict. He becomes a regular theatregoer.

The auditions at the Actors' Union are, as a matter-of-fact, "shows," productions with actors as "spectators." However, the typical "shows" come forth on a large stage with light effects and sets and as such is a production given on a small, naked platform. The audience does not sit in the dark, the hall in a .... mood. Even more: on the stage sits aside, the chairman, who brings forth each candidate.

 

 

 


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