The Yiddish Book Center's
Wexler Oral History Project
A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.
Responsibility of Theater Actors to Raise Themselves and Their Audiences Up
Tom Oppenheim, grandson of Yiddish theatre actors Jacob and Sara Adler, Artistic Director and President of Stella Adler Studio of Acting, discusses Stella Adler's passion for literature and mythology and her conviction that the responsibility of theater actors was to raise themselves, their characters, and their audiences up to the level of literature.
This is an excerpt from an oral history with Tom Oppenheim.
This excerpt is in English.
Tom Oppenheim was born in New York, New York in 1959.
This interview is part of the Yiddish and the Arts: musicians, actors, and artists series.
Other video highlights from this oral history
"It Was This Impersonal, Powerful, Uncompromisable Artistic Standard Just Coming At You": Descriptions of Stella Adler's Classes
6 min 25 sec
Slide 1 of 7
Stella Adler's First Theater Memory and Her Capacity to Identify Strongly With Others
1 min 28 sec
Slide 2 of 7