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
 

Isadore Appel
(Yapko)

 

A. was born in Radomsk, Poland, to parents who were candle makers.

He was a choirboy to a cantor. Afterwards he performed with a cantor, and later with Yiddish actors.

In 1896 a brother brought him to New York, and from there he made a tour across Canada, and afterwards he went around, performing in Yiddish vaudeville theatres in New York, where he married the actress Anna Berkovitsh (later Appel, i.e. Anna Appel).

A. was counted as one of the best Yiddish character actors of his time, and only due to the difficulties then in becoming a member of the legitimate actor's union, he was forced to continue acting in the Yiddish variety theatres.

On 31 November 1908 he passed away in Denver, Colorado. His wife brought to New York where he was laid to rest at Baron Hirsch Cemetery in Staten Island.

A. left a daughter, who acts from time to time on the English stage.


M. E. from Anna Appel and Itzhak Lesh.

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 83.
 

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