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Louis Freiman & Ilya Trilling's

"CHILDREN WITHOUT A HOME"

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CHILDREN WITHOUT A HOME
Hopkinson Theatre
Brooklyn, New York
Opened 9 October 1943

"Children Without a Home" is a melodrama in two acts and sixteen scenes. It was produced at the Hopkinson, and subsequently it was staged at the Mitre Theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina (with Berta Gerstin) and on tours in the United States. It was originally written and broadcast as a radio play.

According to a review in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle newspaper in 1943, the play is "based on the author's recent Jewish radio feature of the same name.... the play tells a thrilling, human story of twin sisters, who, as a result of the war turmoil and the treachery of their mother's old love rival, become 'living orphans.' The unfortunate family is separated and harassed by the scheming of a bitter, jealous woman, until fate takes a hand and finally rights a great wrong."

Best-guess identifications:

1. Eli Mintz. 5. Julius Adler. 7. Simon Wolf. 8. Clara Gold. 9. Ann Winters. 10. Oscar Green. 12. Henrietta Jacobson. 15. Berta Gerstin. 16. Anna Toback. 17. Flora Freiman.

Full cast:
Adler, Julius
Dorf, Abe
Freiman, Flora
Gerstin, Berta
Gold, Clara
Jacobson, Henrietta
Kletter, Max
Mintz, Eli
Toback, Anna
Wilner, Max
Winters, Anne
Wolf, Simon

Photograph from Ivan Busatt Studios. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York. Some information courtesy of the Marwick Collection at the Library of Congress.

 

 

 

 




Photograph courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.

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