According to programs [owned by Z. Zylbercweig], there
had already existed a "Peretz Theatre" in Paris, on the
Rue de Prague 9.
On 9 October 1915 there was
staged there Gordin's "God, Man and Devil"; on 10
October -- Cherikov's "Yidn", later, with the
participation of the guest-starring Fannie Waxman, Emil
Zola's "Teresa Raquin"; on 31 October -- Kobrin's [Kornblit's]
"Dos getlekhe lid", and on 7 November -- Sh. Barber's "Der
sud fun a froy".
The literary (repertoire)
commission consisted of: N. Tasin, L. Cheskis, M.
Yarblum, A. Rozenfeld, A. Pik, A. Pan, Samuel Krasinski,
Y. Rashkes and M. Sheyn. Director: Itzhak Rirakhovski (a
well-known personality in the Paris artistic circles);
regisseurs -- Y. Rirakhovski and A. Glikman; prompter: Y.
According to the information
that Itzhak Laks turned over to Z. Zylbercweig, Itzhak Rirakhovski first in 1916 [according to the
programs, there evidently was a mistake in Lak's facts]
began to become interested with Yiddish theatre, and
thanks to his initiative, there was founded a society
with the objective of opening a Yiddish literary theatre
under the name "Peretz Theatre".
In the repertoire commission
there were included: Lazavski, Cheskis, Rozenfeld,
Itzhak Laks, Petkis, and they also had aroused
Leon Trotsky, who then issued in Paris his newspaper "Natshalo"
[the journalist N. Frank denied categorically the
participation of Trotsky].
All the Yiddish actors were
engaged, who had then been found in Paris. The plan was
to stage Peretz's "In polish oyf der keyt", but the
first production that was performed was Peretz's "Amol
iz geven a mlkh".
Despite all efforts and
invocations, the Jewish society in Paris remained cold
to the attempt, and the deficit increased. Several
members of the troupe tore themselves loose and created
a shund theatre under the name "Dos pintele yid".
The theatre existed for barely two months, then it
M. E. from
Zalmen Zylbercweig --
Leon trotsky iz in pariz geven a mitgrinder fun
yidishen peretz-teater, "Lodzer tageblat", 2
Sh. Glus [Z.
Zylbercweig] -- Vi azoy men shpilt idish teater in
pariz, "Forward", N. Y., 8 December 1927.
N. Frank -- Tsu der
legende fun leon trotsky un dos idishe teater in
pariz, "Parizer haynt", 15 February 1928.
Zalmen Zylbercweig --
"Theatre Mosaic", New York, 1941, pp. 198-201.