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The Professional
Yiddish Artists Union
in Poland





Yiddish Professional Artists Union in Poland,
Central Warsaw
2 Leszno

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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 two or three artists who would replace each other, which means that 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 four proof rehearsals. Exceptionally he might also have to play without rehearsals.

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

2nd remark: On the occasion when a leading role needs to be replaced, the troupe's management will decide about it.

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Remark 3: Improvisations will be announced from the stage.

Paragraph 5: Artists are obliged to know their parts thoroughly. They are given a certain period of time for the purpose of learning their parts: four days for ordinary texts and seven days for complex parts and for singing.
Remark: At the second rehearsal the part must be known superficially; at the third rehearsal the part must be known without fail under the prompter. For plays with extensive texts the artist must know his part by heart three days before the première.

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

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

Paragraph 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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Paragraph 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.

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

Paragraph 11: Artists may not make remarks to the stage manager or make any changes in the mise-en-scène (stage production).

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

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

Paragraph 14: It is strictly forbidden to smoke on the stage.
Remark: Exceptions are the stage manager, his assistant, and the prompter during rehearsals.

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

Paragraph 16: To send on a mission for their own needs someone who is not theatre personnel without the consent of the administration.


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