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
 

Ida Groper
(Briya)

 

G. was born in Lemberg, Galicia. Her father was a furrier/hatter. She learned in a school and Yiddish with a rabbi. She worked with a seamstress. In 1889 she was taken into the chorus in Gimpel's theatre. Then she traveled with Treitler to Budapest, where she was a chorus singer and also came to act in small roles. She later came to Iasi, where she became acquainted in Yuvelier's group with chorus conductor Joseph Groper, whom she married and traveled together with across Rumania. Then in Budapest, in Bulgaria, in Constantinople, four months as a prima donna for Gelis in Paris, she came back to Bucharest where she was a chorus singer for two seasons in Rumanian operetta, then she traveled in Rumanian cabarets and in 1899 traveled to America.

Here G. acted for two seasons in the Thalia Theatre with Kessler, Moshkovitsh, Feinman, Kalich and Mogulesko, a season with Kessler in the Lyric Theatre and two seasons with him in the Second Avenue Theatre. In 1922 she acted for a half-year in English in the role of "Esther" in the play "Der okshoner" with David Warfield, then she acted for two seasons with Gabel, a season in Toronto with Hollander, a year in English in the role of "Mrs. Cohen" in the play "Abie's Irish Rose" with the second English provincial troupe, later a season in Mount Royal Theatre in the comedy "Vos iz di yuz?, and in 1926 a half-season at the Liberty Theatre with Anshel Schorr.

G.'s daughter, Lottie, acts in English vaudeville.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 527.
 

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