Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Folks Theatre


Under the name of "Folks-teater (Folks Theatre)" (in Yiddish and English), in the year 1926, on 189 Second Avenue (corner of 12th Street), New York, there was built by I. Y. Jaffe a special building for a "Yiddish art theatre".

The theatre opened on 19 November 1926, under the direction of Maurice Schwartz, with his offering of Avraham Goldfaden's "Dos tsente gebot (The Tenth Commandment)".

For the 1930-31 season the theatre was transferred over to the direction of Kalich and Rumshinsky, then to Misha and Lucy Gehrman (later also with Menasha Skulnik).

In the future seasons the theatre was directed by Maurice Schwartz, Ludwig Satz, Rumshinsky-Skulnik, Buloff-Baratov, and a cooperative of Yiddish actors (under the management of Lipshitz, with artistic direction by Buloff-Bleich-Mestel).

For the 1944-45 season, the theatre was taken over (under the name of "The New Yiddish Folks-Theatre") by Joseph Green and Jacob Ben-Ami, who ended the season in February 1945 with David Bergelson's play "Mir veln lebn" (direction -- Jacob Rotbaum).

Since then the building was taken over by English films, and later for English theatre.


M. E. from Sholem Perlmutter.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3,  page 2119.
 

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