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"This is the Life!"—Yiddish Theater in New York

Bryna Wasserman, executive director of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene and daughter of Yiddish actress Dora Wasserman, reflects on the beginning of her career as an actress and living in New York City.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Ida Kaminska and Yiddish Theater in Post-War Warsaw

Shura Grinhoyz-Turkow—Yiddish actress and activist born in Bialystok, now living in Israel—describes the State Jewish Theater in Post-war Warsaw, directed by the great Ida Kaminska.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

טעאטער

מוקדוני, א, 1878-1958

Ṭeaṭer

Mukdoni, A, 1877-1958

Nyu Yorḳ : A. Muḳdoni yubiley-ḳomiṭeṭ, 1927

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

"That Brought Down the House": A Yiddish Theater Goof

Bernie Agranoff, scientist and professor at the University of Michigan, whose uncle was a Yiddish theater prompter in Detroit, remembers a story where a Yiddish theater actor, usually cast as a Hasid, made a humorous mistake during a different role.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

טעאטער קאראוואנען : מעשה'לעך און עפיזאדן פון מיינע וואנדערונגען מיט יידיש טעאטער

הארענדארף, ש.י

Ṭeaṭer ḳaraṿanen mayśe'lekh un epizodn fun mayne ṿanderungen miṭ Yidish ṭeaṭer

Harendorf, Samuel Jacob, 1900-
Steinberg, Aaron, 1891-1975

London : Fraynṭ fun Yidish loshn, 1955

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

Boris Aronson’s Funny Stories about Maurice Schwartz and Distance from Yiddish Theater

Marc Aronson, son of Yiddish theater set designers Boris and Lisa Aronson, shares some funny stories that his father used to tell about working with Maurice Schwartz.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Yiddish Theater in Israel

Lea Szlanger, a Yiddish actress born in Poland describes the decline of Yiddish theater in Israel.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Advice To The Yiddish Theater Curious

Caraid O'Brien—writer, performer, and director, including of Yiddish works—gives advice to those curious about Yiddish theater and culture, including encouragement to learn the Yiddish language.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

טעאטר-בוך : צום פופציקיאריקן יוביליי פון אידישן טעאטער (1926-1876)

Ṭeaṭr-bukh Zamlung ; tsum fuftsiḳyoriḳn yubiley fun Idishn ṭeaṭr ( 1876-1926)

Ḳiyeṿ : "Kultur-lige", 1927

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

Riga's Beloved Yiddish Theater

Yakob Basner, Yiddish teacher and Holocaust survivor, recalls the thriving Yiddish theater scene in Riga before the war, and how he used to go to show with his neighbor who worked as a stagehand.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

עפיזאדן פון יידישן טעאטער

מידע, א

Epizodn fun Yidishn ṭeaṭer

Mide, Adolfo, 1894-

Buenos Ayres : [s.n.], 1957

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

Tilting at Windmills: Keeping Faith in Yiddish Theater

Allen Lewis Rickman, Yiddish actor, describes how he sees the future of Yiddish theater by comparing it to the adventures of Don Quixote.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

"Off-Broadway," A Phrase Courtesy of the Yiddish Theater

Hershl Hartman, native Yiddish speaker and educational director at the Sholem Community in California, shares some anecdotes about Yiddish theater in New York City.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

די געשיכטע פון אידישען טעאטער : צוויי טויזענט יאהר טעאטער ביי אידען : אילוסטרירט

גארין, ב

Di geshikhte fun idishen teater : Tsvey toyzent yohr teater bay iden : ilustrirt

Gorin, B, 1868-1925

New York, : "Forverts", 1929

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

"Everything Stems from The Dybbuk": Impact of the Yiddish and Theater on My Life

Lester Thomas Shane, son of Yiddish actor Sam Shane, talks about Yiddish theater as the root of his identity and the process of learning Yiddish later in life.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

Yiddish Theater in Montreal

Malca Sussman Hubner recalls going to the Yiddish theater in Montreal as a child.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

On the Centenary of the Yiddish Theater

Eugene Orenstein

Eugene Orenstein

May 15, 1976

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Frances Brandt Online Yiddish Audio Library

בינע-מאסקעס ביי קאצעטלער : יידיש טעאטער נאכן חורבן

פערלמוטער, ה

Bine-masḳes bay Katseṭler Yidish ṭeaṭer nokhn ḥurbn

Perlmuter, H

Tel-Aviv : Ha-menorah, 1974

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library

Describes Yiddish Theater in Dubienka, Poland and the Play "Mirele Efros"

Celia Ores, Yiddish speaker born in Poland and survivor of the Gulag, describes Yiddish theater in Dubienka, Poland and narrates the play "Mirele Efros," which she saw as a child.

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project Excerpts

קוליסן און הינטערקוליסן : זכרונות, באגעגענישן, געשטאלטן אין יידישן טעאטר אין סאוויעט-רוסלאנד

בראדא, מאיר

Ḳulisn un hinṭerḳulisn zikhroynes̀, bagegenishn, geshṭalṭn in yidishn ṭeaṭer in Soṿyeṭ-Rusland

Braudo, Meʼir

Tel-Aviv : ha-Menorah, 1974

Part of Yiddish Book Center's Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library