"Habima" The Moscow Theatre with a preface by Dr. A. Mukdoni
Price: 95.00 USD
Chicago: L. M. Stein Publisher, 1941. 4to. 404 pp. Half leather over blue cloth with lovely, golden logo of Habimah on front cover. Raised bands and golden lettering on spine. Truly a very handsome volume. Includes English title page on verso of Hebrew title page. Illustrated with a number of b/w facsimile photographs of important figures and historical casts from certain plays performed by Habimah. Book is about the history of Habimah ("The Stage") which was originally founded in Moscow in 1917 under the Moscow Art Theatre. Habimah was the first professional group to ever perform their plays in Hebrew. Led by Nahum Zemach, the company aspired to portray the problems of the Jewish people. Habimah had a few problems of its own; many members of the Communist Party opposed the existence of Habimah. Stalin, however, allowed the group to continue to operate. In 1926, the company went abroad on tour. The following year, in the United States, Habimah split. Zemach and several additional actors remained in the U.S., while others decided to settle in Palestine. Tel Aviv was to become the new home for Habimah. In 1945, Habimah moved into the building in which it now resides, in the heart of Tel Aviv. Thirteen years later, it became the National Theater of Israel. Text is in Yiddish, with Yiddish and English heading beneath each photograph. Light age wear to spine and boards due to age. Uncut foredge. Exterior in good, interior in very good condition. Second Enlarged. vg.