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
 

Sylvia Fishman

 

F. was born on 27 August 1905 in Cleveland, America, behind the scenes of Yiddish theatre, where her mother, the actress Bertha Kreitsberg, had acted, and where her father, Chaim Barukh Fishman, had worked as a stage technician. As a child she acted in children's roles with Seyman in Cleveland, and at the age of eight she was taken to San Francisco with Lea Largman's troupe.

At the age of twelve she toured with her parents and Jacob and Lisa Silbert across the province, and as an elderly person she acted as "Khava Leah" in "Yidisher kenig lir (The Jewish King Lear)" and in soubrette roles in other plays.

F. acted in soubrette roles and later in character roles in the troupes of Littman, Fishzon and Moshe Schorr in Detroit, then she traveled around with the "Keyt" troupe with Nathan and Rose Goldberg, later in Williamsburg's Lyric Theatre with Misha Fishzon, Sam Auerbach and Sadie Shoengold, in Chicago with Elias Glickman (with Chana and Isidore Hollander and Samuel Rozenshteyn), and she acted with the guest-starring Bertha Kalich, Leon Blank and Samuel Goldenburg. She returned to New York, and F. acted in Oscar Green's Hopkinson Theatre with Menasha Skulnik, in the Second Avenue Theatre with Herman Yablokoff, and in the Public Theatre with Molly Picon, Aaron Lebedeff, Michal Michalesko and Maurice Schwartz.

F. guest-starred in Cuba and in 1933 in the troupe under the leadership of Morris Brown and Morris Gelber, as well as in South America under the direction of her husband Max Friedlander.

F. is a member of the management in the "Yiddish Artists and Friends".

M. E.

Sh. E. from Max Friedlander.

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2274.
 

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