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
 

Sophie Karp
(Sarah Segal, Goldstein)

translation in progress....

 

Born
 

 

...In 1902 K. acted in Shomer's "Goldene medina (Golden Land)". K. was instrumental in building the first Yiddish theatre building in New York, the "Grand" Theatre on Grand Street, in the very heart of the Jewish district. The partners of the theatre were: Sophie Karp, Morris Finkel, Joseph Lateiner, Louis Gottlieb, Berl Bernstein and Louis Friedsell. The theatre was built by Harry Fishel and was opened on 5 September 1903 with Lateiner's "Zion, or, The Rivers of Babylon".

About the history of Yiddish theatre, B. Gorin writes:

"In the theatre the company...finish translating quote...."

K. passed away on 30 March 1904 in New York. She left a daughter, Rosa[ '"Rukhl", from the name of her first role in "Dvosye di fliotke-mekherin"', who also was a Yiddish actress.

In the necrology in the Yiddish press it was told in the name of K., that the theatre was in her soul. She wanted to have her own home and therefore she put away a lot of money in order to have her own theatre. "In the other theatres -- as she had explained it -- they had repressed her. Therefore she decided to have her own home". As fate had it, she didn't have it long.

About the matter of the "Grand Theatre", the composer Joseph Rumshinsky writes:

"Her death was associated with a struggle, and it is speculated that the struggle had caused her early death. The fight came out, but the partnership of the nor-vos built the Grand Theatre, where she was one of the partners. (top, p. 2592)....


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 4, page 2588.
 

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