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
 

Rivka Lapis-Volkenshteyn
(Rita Lilina)

 

L. was born on 21 September 1890 in Glukhov, Chernigov Gubernia. Her father was an employee. She finished a gymnasium and traveled out to Riga, where she worked as an assistant procurer in an pharmacy.

In 1909 she was sent out from Riga, due to [voynrekht] and she migrated over to Oltshevsk (Donbas) to her sisters, with whom she often attended the productions of Mishurat's guest-starring troupe. She developed an inclination for the stage and entertained Mishurat's proposal and entered into his chorus, and a short time later was the prima donna for the troupe.

In the span of twenty years L. acted in various troupes in the first [oyftsutretn] in the area of Russia in the main role of a range of European operettas as "Silva", {"Chardash Firshtin"), "Bayadera", "Kolombina", "Shoshana", "Di freylekhe almnh", "Graf luksemburg", "Di geheymnis fun harem", et al.

L. is the wife of theatre impresario Volkenshteyn and last lived in Kiev, where she from time to time enters into concerts with folk songs.
 

Sh. E. from Mark Leiptsiker.

 

 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1005.
 

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