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
 

Fela Biro
(Feinreich)

 

Born in 1903 in Czestochowa, Poland, into a family of workers. From her early youth, through her older brother, she drew nearer to modern Yiddish literature. At the age of fourteen, she acted in the role of "Taybele" in Gordin's "Jewish King Lear" in the Novoradomsko "Hazamir", under the direction of Shmuel Frank. In the span of the four-year German occupation of Czestochowa during the First World War, she performed in "Lira" with the actors Hershkovitsh, Lashkovska, Tsimbalist, Eyzenberg and Glikman in a range of plays, as well as in one-acters in Yiddish, together with the soubrette Rosenzweig, in a movie theatre "Theatre Pariski".

1919 -- participated with Moshe Silberkasten and Karl Tsimbalist in Paula R.'s play "Di yerusha".

After the First World War she wandered off to Berlin, Germany, and there performed in theatre on Orianburgerstrasse, under the direction of actor Shidlover, together with actor Wachtel and later the newly famous actor Alexander Granach in a series of plays by Gordin, Sholem Aleichem, Asch and Strindberg.

1921 -- arrived in Canada, where she acted under the direction of Jakele Cone, together with the actors Shapiro, Solomonescu, Tillie Rabinowitz and Paskewitz in Gordin repertoire and other plays, later with Rudolf Schildkraut in "Eykele muzik" and "God of Vengeance". Then with the "Vilna Troupe" under the direction of Azra and Kadison in a series of plays.

 

In the span of seven years, B. acted with "Artef", under the direction of Jacob Mestel, M. G. Basha, Benno Schneider and Benjamin Zemach, prominent roles, and in 1939 episodic roles in Schwartz's "(Yiddish) Art Theatre", as well as later in the Public Theatre under the leadership of Yehuda Bleich.

Since 1940 B. has gone on word concerts of Yiddish poetry and prose for various social occasions.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2262.
 

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