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bigan Repertory Phyers
in Summer Season July 10

THE i'ICLIGAN DAILY
Noted Directors
Ready To Work
In Pkt s Here A

Comedy, drama, mystery, and an
operetta will be among the varied
offerings of the Michigan Repertory
Players of the Department of Speech
plays running from July 10 through
August 19 in this, their eighteenth
dramatic season.
"Papa Is All" by Patterson Greene,
the smash hit of four years ago, has
been chosen as this season's open-
ing play. Popular demand has influ-
Britain, U.S
Cooperating On
Palestine , Attlee

LONDON, July 1--(P)-Prime Min-
ister Clement Attlee, answering
charges by two parliamentarians that
the British weekend raids and arrests
in Palestine constituted a policy
of war, declared tonight that he was;
seeking an agreement with the Uni-
ted States on a policy to bring peace
to the Holy Land.
Great Britain, Attlee said, would
reject any peace plan unacceptable
to all parties concerned and which
would require arms to enforce it. He
added that Great Britain hopes to
settle the Palestine question in ac-
cordance with the recommendations
of the British-American Inquiry
Committee.
The 'committee has recommended
that 100,000 European Jews be al-
lowed to enter Palestine this year and
has suggested placing Palestine. un-
der a United Nations Trusteeship.
Arab leaders have asserted Arabs
will fight if more Jews are permitted
to enter the Holy Land.
In a sharp debate in the House of
Commons, Attlee charged that the
Jewish agency, a chief British target
in the weekend operations in the
Holy Land, had a "close link" with
Haganah, illegal Jewish resistance
organization.
The House adjourned without vot-
ing on the Palestine question.
"The Jewish agency," Attlee as-
serted, "cannot be a cover for an
illegal army. There is evidence that
Haganah works under the general
direction of some members of the
Jewish agency. I do not say all of
them."
Moreover, Attlee said, "We also
haverevidencelofea very close link
between Haganah and Irgun Zvai
Leumi," another underground organ-
ization with a greater record of vio-
lence.

enced the Speech, department to re-
portray the delightful comedy of the
Pennsylvania Dutch. A tyrannical
Papa, a German brogue, and the
tongue-twisted dialect of all char-
acters in the play, add fun to the
hilarious situations of the plot. "Pa-
pa Is All" will run from July 10
through July 13.
Cohan Cotnedy
One of George M. Cohan's come-
dies, "Pigeons and People" will be
the second bill.'"Pigeons and People"
will open July 17 for the usual four
nights run. Described by Cohan as a
"comic state of mind in continuous
action," the play is designed to ri-
dicule people for weaknesses and
idiosyncrasies.
"Angel Street" one of the most
popular of recent mysteries will be
presented July 31 to August 3. Writ-
ten by Patrick Hamilton, this thriller
of London in the gaslight era has
been playedon Broadway and on
tour. The movie version appeared
under the title "Gaslight."
The second Shaw play of the year,
"The Apple Cart," a political ex-
travaganza, honoring George Ber-
nard Shaw following his ninetieth'
birthday which will occur July 26,
will be represented by the Department
of Speech August 7-10. Written in
1930, Shaw's satire on politics is
still pertinent.
Grand Finale
The grand finale of the Repertory
season will be theproduction of Bed-
rich Smetana's operetta, "The Bar-
tered Bride." Bohemian village life is
the theme of the plot around which
is interwoven folk songs and music.
Five performances of "The Bartered
Bride" will be given from August 14
through August 19.
Season tickets for the plays are
now on sale daily in the box office
of the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre.
Box ofice hours are from 10 a.m. to
5 p.m. every day except Sunday and
July 4.

Two distinguiuhed theatre direc-
tors arrived this week-end to join
Prof. Valentine Windt in the direc-
tion of the summer theatre offered
by the Department of Speech.
Mrs. Claribel Baird, a member of
the dramatic faculty of the Oklahoma
State College for Women, and a fa-
vorite with Ann Arbor audiences
both for her directing and acting
ability, was the first to arrive. Mrs.
Baird will repeat her performance
as Mamma in the play "Papa Is
All" which was so popular a few sum-
mers ago. She will also direct the
mystery play "Angel Street."
Charles. Meredith, director of the
Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre in
New Orleans, arrived Friday by motor
to take up his work casting and
directing the second and fourth bills,
"Pigeons and People," and "The Ap-
ple Cart." Meredith directed "Mis-
alliance" in 1941.
Prof. Windt, director of dramatics
at the University, will direct the first
play "Papa Is All," and "The Bar -
tered Bride."
Operetta To Be
Given August 17
The School of Music and the De-
partment of Speech are collaborat-
ing for the twelfth consecutive year
to present a famous operetta.
Village life in Bohemia is depicted
in the opera chosen for this year and
"The' Bartered Bride," to be given
Aug. 17, abounds with local color
and costumes. It is one of the great
works by the founder of the Bo-
hemian nationalist school. Few over-
tures have consistently held their
place in the hearts of music lovers as
has the overture from "The Bar-
tared Bride."
The full University Orchestra will
be in the pit, and the best voices
from the music school will be in
the leading roles.
Operas presented formerly have
included "The Chocolate Soldier,"
"The Mikado," "The Vagabond King."
Army Educates Officer-
Auto-Engineers Here
As part of the Army program to
keep its officers in constant contact
with University developments in
their fields, 12 officers ranging in
rank from lieutenant to lieutenant-
colonel have begun a two-year course
in graduate automotive engineering'
here.

VISITING DIRECTORS-Mrs. Claribel Baird, from Oklahoma State College for Women, and Charles Mere-
dith, director of Le Petit Theatre Du Vieux Carre, and Miss Lucy Barton, Costumiere have arrived to work
with the Reparatory Players.

CEREBRAL HORSEPLAY:
Theatres Celebrate Shaw's
90th Birthday With Plays,

George Bernard Shaw will be 90
years old on the 26th of this month,
and theatres all over the world are
producing one or more of the bard's
plays in honor of the event.
The department of speech last
month inaugurated the local celebra-
tion with the production "The De-
vil's Disciple" which was given by
Play Production. Now the same de-
partment offers the Michigan Reper-
tory Players in another Shaw sa-
tire, "The Apple Cart," which will
be offered as the fourth produc-
tion on the summer play bill, Au-
gust 7-10.
A political extravaganza, "The
Apple Cart" is a vehicle for Shaw's
sharp satire and benignant deviltry.
Again, he speaks candidly about
subjects that are usually approached
with tact. With Shaw, intelligent
conversation is cerebral horseplay
and in "The Apple Cart" he makes
a conversational piece of keen satire
sound like gay nonsense.
Written in 1930, the plot deals
with the English monarch in con-
flict with his progressive cabinet-and'
Shaw has a delightful holiday in de-
picting the cabinet meetings and
the situations that arise. But sand-
wiched in among the gaiety, he de-
livers as sound a speech in support
of monarchy as one will ever hear; he
abuses the capitalists, the common
people and the politicians liberally
and in the last act he upsets the
transquility of the English nation

completely by letting the American
Ambassador announce that the U.S.
has decided to renounce the war
debt, abolish the Atlantic Ocean and
rejoin the British Empire! The final
curtain falls on a King going un-
happily in to his dinner showing
plainly that the magnanimity of:
the Yankees has gone too far!
Johnson Asks
TerminalPay
WASHINGTON, July 1--()P)-The
touchy political question of some
$3,000,000,000 in proposed terminal
leave payments for 14,000,000 war
veterans was tossed at President Tru-
mran today by Senator Edwin C.
Johnson (Dem., Colo.).
Johnson instructed clerks of the
Senate Military Committee to ob-
tain an immediate report on* the
terminal pay bill from the Budget
Bureau, the White House's fiscal
spokesman.
Previously the Budget Bureau had
informed Congress that the terminal
pay plan was "not in accord with
the program of the President."
The House ignored. this when it
passed by an overwhelming 379 to
0 vote the bill to give all wartime
enlisted personnel the same terminal
leave pay granted office b

Five Foreign
Movies ToiBe
Shown Here.
The Art Cinema League has im-
ported five foreign movies, typical
of their countries of origin, which
will be shown throughout the July
and August summer session.
The first motion picture will be a
French production entitled "Heart
of Paris." Michele Morgan and Rai-
mu will star. The film will be shown
with English sub-titles on July 10,
and 11 in the Rackham Auditorium.
Mexican and Russian productions
will be second and third in the sum-
mer season program. Delores Del Rio
will play the lead in the 'Mexican
film "The Wild Flower" to be given
July 18 and 19.
"Marriage" and "Jubilee," one-act
plays by Anton Chekov, plus "Christ-
mas Slippers," an excerpt from Tchi-
kovsgy's2Opera will be shown July
25 and 26'.
Two French productions will close
the summer session of Art Cinema
"The Heart of a Nation," to be given
August land 2, will star Raimu,
Charles Boyer, and Michele Morgan.
"Pepe Le Moko," to be given August
8 and 9, will star Jean Gabin.
Helicopter Test Held

Costumiere.
Scene Builders
Begin Work
Visiting designer-technicians a:
the costumiere for the summer the
tre arrived this week-end to take t
their work with the Michigan Repe
tory Players.
Miss Lucy Barton, author of we
known books on costuming, and hey
of the Department of Dramatic A
at the University of Arizona, has i
turned to act as costumiere for b
fourth season with the Michig,
Repertory Players. Miss Barton w
be assisted by students taking Cc
tume Design in summer courses a:
by her small staff of regular assi
tants. One of the most interesti:
rooms in the League is the costur
room, where yards of material of f
colors are molded, under Miss Ba
ton's direction into costumes for t:
players.
Scenery for the Repertory pla
will be constructed under the dire
tion of Dean Currie, of the Depar
went of English, Mount Holyoke C
lege; Robert Mellencamp, Depar
menit of Speech, at the Universit
and Herbert Philippi, ofhthe Depar
ment of Speech of the University
Missouri. These three stage craft d
rectors will be assisted by studer
in stagecraft.
Alma teurs Get
'Angel Street'
Patrick Hamilton's mystery pla
"Angel Street" is predicted to
the most performed of all plays
summer theatres this season, b
cause the play has just been releas
for amateur theatres. The play
popularity on Broadway and on to
made it unavailable for amatet
theatres before this spring.
"Angel Street" is not a regulati
high-pitched mystery thriller th
employs sliding panels, faces in t.
windows, and bodies in the close'
It is a claustrophobic tale of Londc
in the gaslight era, skillfully elabo
ate in writing and menacingly quip
in tone.
Author of the equally successf
"Ropes End," Hamilton's dramat
works are more intellectually sati
fying than more obvious thrillers.
MacArthur Leaves
TOKYO, Monday, July 1-(P)-
General MacArthur left by airplai
today for the Philippines Indepe:
dence Inaugural July 4. The par
included Mrs. MacArthur, their sc
and four military aides.

Season Ticket Sales
Continue This Week
Season tickets for the summer
plays are selling briskly, according
to reports from the Mendelssohn
Theatre box ofice, but good seats are
still available in all price sections.
Season tickets will be sold through-
out this week, and next with tickets
for single performances going on
sale the following Monday morning.
Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 5
p.m.

Possibilities for air-bus service for
Ann Arbor and other Detroit area
towns came closer to reality with the
beginning of experimental operation'
of heliocopters last week at Willow
Run airport. f

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leave pay granted off icerb. Run airport.
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and four military aides.

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5 Outstanding Plays Distinguished Authc

ors

PAPA IS ALL
by' Patterson Greene
JULY 10 - JULY 13
Repeated this season by popular request, this en-
tertaining comedy about a despotic parent is an
instant hit with all audiences. It has the charming
background of the Pennsylvania Dutch region into
which is woven a tremendously funny plot of out-
witting tyrannical Papa. Thequaint and amusingly
tongue- twisted Dutch dialect provides continual
comedy.

JULY 10-AUGUST 19

The Perfect Summer Entertainment!

COMEDY

- MYSTERY

- MUSIC

ANGEL STREET.
by Patrick lamflton
JULY 31 - AUGUST 3
0 Written with infinite craft and dexterity, "Angel
Street" is a tingling thriller of London in the gaslight
era. The excitement in the play is direct and forth-
right with the mental workings of the hunter and
the hunted as the mainsprings of the action. It was
proclaimed on Broadway and on tour as one of the
most successful mystery melodramas of current
theatre.

Sea'son, Tickets Now On. Sale

4.80

$4.20

$3.00 (tax included)

'Box Office Open Daily 10 A.M.-5 P.M.

PIGEONS AND PEOPLE
b George M.1Cohan
JULY 17 - JULY 20
4 "Pigeons and People' is an hilarious comedy writ-
ten to set people laughing. at their own weaknesses
and idiosyncrasies, and there is no one more able to
write such a play than the inimitable and widely-
beloved George M. Cohan.

Tickets for individual playsgo on sale July 8 $1.20 - 90c-60c

Operetta $1.50 -$1.20-90c

THE APPLE CART
by George Bernard Shaw
AUGUST 7 - AUGUST 10
0 To honor the distinguished author, who on July
26th is celebrating his ninetieth birthda , the Depart-
ment of Speech will present its second Shaw play of
the year. Rated as one of his most magnificent
dramas, "The Apple Cart" is a political extravaganza
written in 1930 and still pertinent to present day
political situations.

THE BARTERED BRIDE by Bedrich Smetana
In Cotnjunction with the School of Musie
AUGUST 14-AUGUST 17 - and AUGUST 19
0 For the twelfth consecutive season, the School of Music will collaborate with the
Department of Speech in the production of a famous operetta. "The Bartered Bride"
is one of the most delightful comic operas, full of vivacious melody and abounding

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