Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Regulation Book
of the
Professional Yiddish Actors Union in Poland

1919
 

 
     

Cover of Regulation Book in Yiddish

  Cover of Regulation Book in Polish


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§ 1: No artist - either an active or passive member of the Union - has the right to perform with non-members of the Union.

§ 2: The artist is obliged to accept every part that was assigned to him by the stage manager and was approved by the troupe management.

§ 3: One and the same part can be assigned to 2 or 3 artists that would replace each other, which means all those filling in for the part have equal rights to the part, and who will play at the première is selected by lot.

§ 4: Every artist has the right to demand not less than 4 proof rehearsals. Exceptionally he might also have to play without rehearsals.

Remark 1: Participation in the management gives the right to receive additional pay.

Remark 2: In the case when a leading role needs to be replaced in the production, the troupe's council will decide about it

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Remark 3: Improvisations will be announced from the stage.

§ 5: Artists are obliged to know their parts thoroughly. They are given a certain period of time for the purpose of learning their parts: 4 days for ordinary texts and 7 days for complex parts and for singing.

Remark: At the 2nd rehearsal the part must be known superficially; at the 3rd rehearsal the part must be known without fail under the prompter. For plays with extensive texts, the artist must know his part by heart 3 days before the première.

§ 6: Artists have no right to make changes or shorten their parts without the previous authorization of the stage manager.

§ 7: Artists must be on time for rehearsals. The stage manager and his assistant must be present 15 minutes before the given time.

§ 8: Artists are obliged to rehearse in the right tone of voice and at the right pace, and must repeat scenes or acts as many times as the stage manager requires.

Remark: Rehearsals in low voice are only exceptionally allowed by the stage manager


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§ 9: It is forbidden to rehearse while wearing a hat or a coat (by temperatures of 12° Celsius), or while holding walking-sticks or umbrellas.

§ 10: Artists who finished rehearsing may not leave the theatre without the stage manager’s permission.

§ 11: Artists may not make remarks to the stage manager, or make any changes in the stage production.

§ 12: During the last rehearsal the prompter must prompt from the booth, as asked by the stage manager

§ 13: Nobody is allowed to be in the avant-scène (apron) during rehearsals, except the stage manager, his assistant, and the prompter.

§ 14: It is strictly forbidden to smoke on the stage.

Remark: Exceptions are the stage manager, his assistant, and the prompter during rehearsals.

§ 15: It is strictly forbidden to drink alcohol or play cards on the theatre premises.

§ 16: It is forbidden to send on errands for your own needs someone who is not from the theatre personnel, and with the consent of the administration.

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and productions with the serious runs, care of the rules and ruhikeyt.

§ 30: One artist or another hasn't the right to do what is not remarked about the execution of his role.

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II.  The Troupes
 

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III. The Duty of a Director

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IV. The Organization of the Work and the Work in the Theatre

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V. Penalties

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VI. Tsutalungen in a direktsye

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VII. Aptsalugen (Deposits) ltubh the Union

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