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Stuart Hecht On Molly Picon and American Yiddish Theatre

By Jewish Arts Collaborative

Published Oct 6, 2022


JLive Presents Stuart Hecht

(8 min) In this clip, Theatre Historian Stuart Hecht answers an audience question about (Boston-born) legendary actress Molly Picon’s career in Yiddish and the Americanization of Jewish theatre. 


About JLive: 

JLive, an ongoing project from the Jewish Arts Collaborative, is a series of virtual cultural experiences that bring us together to explore and celebrate the diverse world of Jewish art, culture, and creative expression. The professionals featured in the series span a wide range of creative mediums, from animation to klezmer to papercutting, all with connections to the Greater Boston Area. 


JArts’ mission is to curate, celebrate, and build community around the diverse world of Jewish arts, culture, and creative expression. Our vision is of a more connected, engaged, and tolerant world inspired by Jewish arts and culture. Learn more at jartsboston.org.


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