Palestine: NP, 1930s. Hardcover. Small Oblong Octavo (6 3/4 x 10"). 16 plates. Original string-bound orange cloth album. This album of early 1930s HAOHEL and HABIMA Theater performances contains sixteen original gelatin silver prints in various sizes and seven original playbills.
An album illustrating the pioneering performances of Jewish theater of four plays including a premiere of Karel Capek's R.U.R. in 1930 at the HAOHEL Theater, and Stefan Zweig's Jeremiah in 1929. The other two at the HABIMA Theater: William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night of What You Will in 1930, and a premiere of H. Levick's Chains in 1931.
Karel Capek's (1890–1939) 1920 sci-fi play R.U.R. (short for Rossum's Universal Robots) introduced the word "robot" as a name for artificial worker, derived from the Czech "robota" (forced labor). The HAOHEL, founded in 1925 as the Workers' Theater of Palestine, was a socialist theater with a repertoire featuring proletarian and Biblical plays. The HABIMA theater was founded by Nahum Zemach (1887–1939) in 1912 and became the world's first professional theater of Israel in 1958.
The album includes the original playbills of seven HABIMA theater productions: The Golem and Chains by H. Leivick, The Eternal Jew by David Pinski, Uriel Acosta by Karl Gutzkow, Moliére's Tartuffe, Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, or What You Will, and The Sacred Flame by Somerset Maugham.
Text handwritten in Hebrew. Binding with some wear along edges, spotting and rubbed. Photographs in good condition, some of them detached, two probably missing. Some album leaves are detached. Overall in good condition. g. Item #43776