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
 

Sally Beshtendig
(Sarah Rivkah)
 

 

B. was born on 12 June 1874 in Lemberg, Galicia. Her parents were merchants. She completed a folkshul. In 1892 B. wandered out with her husband Yosef Chaim Desser to London, where she entered into the chorus of the local and later Parisian Yiddish theatre. In 1893 she came back to Lemberg, where they met with several Brodersingers, and together they renewed the Broder productions, but instead of a [mishl], they were already acting on a podium, and with a cymbalist (shimele shveyder), so that, the production was a serious competition for Lemberg's Yiddish theatre. From 1907 until 1912 B. toured with the folksingers across Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest, performing as folksingers, and the first woman that acted as "A Chasidl". Because the war broke out, [zi iber dos shpiln], and only in 1921 did she act again for seven months in Czernowitz, having great success.

On 22 September 1927 B., after a severe illness, passed away in Lemberg.

Her son, Menachem Desser, is a prompter with the Yiddish theatre.
 

Sh. E. from Menachem Desser.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 213.
 

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