Yiddish Avant-Garde to American Mainstream

May 17, 2015
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Boris Aronson, recipient of six Tony awards for Best Scenic Design, was one of the most prolific and important artists of the American theater.

In exploring Aronson’s journey from the Yiddish theater to Broadway,
we demonstrate some of the many ways in which the Yiddish theater intersected with the mainstream American stage, leaving a lasting legacy that is still felt in the American theatrical institution to this day.

Born in Ukraine, the son of the Grand Rabbi of Kiev, Aronson began his stage career in America in 1923, designing for the avant-garde Yiddish Art Theaters in New York.