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
 

Esther Bronstein
(Stolarskaya)


B. was born circa 1875 in Mohilev, Podolia [?] to very poor parents. In 1885 there came to town a Russian troupe. B. [khapt zikh bgnbh] in the theatre, and she became as such caught up with acting, such that with permission from her parents and from the director of the troupe, she traveled with the troupe, with whom she was in their service for several years, and in the evening she attended their productions (?)

At the age of sixteen B. became a chorus singer in a Yiddish troupe, then she acted there in small, important roles. With time B. was known to excel as a dramatic actress, and she performed as such  for Fishzon, Sabsey, for a certain time also with Esther Rukhl Kaminska, and after her marriage with a provincial theatre director Bronstein, she became the main role player for her own troupe.

Acting on the stage she had with her [pasirt] a sadness through which she lost her feet  [according to "Yud Nun" in the "Forward"], she had the [gezolt pasir] in America, and after [opmetern] herself in need for several years in Odessa,  B. traveled to Soroki, Bessarabia, where she had cousins and friends.

Not being able any more to act on the stage, B. organized a youth circle with whom she used to study plays, but in the last years she had however her illness, and she also had to then retire and she had gone into solitude somewhere behind a dirty street, supported from time to time by her [farerer].

On 3 July 1927 B. passed away in Soroki.


M. E. from Itzhak Bliefeld and Abraham Teitelbaum.

  • Yud Nun -- Geshtorben di idishe artistin ester bronshteyn -- "Forward", 19 August 1927.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1,  page 239.
 

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