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
 

Louis Coopersmith
 

 

C. was born on March 15, 1874 in Bender, Bessarabia. His parents were owners of a bar. He learned in a cheder, Gemora with a rabbi and Russian with a teacher.

At the age of eleven he immigrated with his parents to America, learned in New York in a school, as a "soprano" he sang with the cantors Kuper and Pinye Minkovsky.

When Avraham Goldfaden in 1888 had founded his dramatic club in New York, C. there became a member [the date of his birth was not given, so therefore he was known as a little "tailored"], and he debuted as "the tailor" in "Tudrus bloz". Since then he participated as a semi-professional in Yiddish theatre productions for benign purposes. When he s'antshteyen in New York the Yiddish variety theatres, especially with A. Tantsman at the top, C. performed there as a coupletist. For a certain time he also was active as a sketch artist in the Eldridge Vaudeville House and wrote and collaborated on one-acters and dramatic sketches for Yiddish vaudeville and variety theatres. He also for a year was president of the Yiddish Vaudeville Union. With the downfall of this type of theatre, he went over to the legitimate Yiddish theatre; acted in Baltimore, Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg and other cities, and he was a member in the Yiddish Actors Union.

On 20 July 1947 C. passed away in New York.
 

M. E.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 5225.
 

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