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
 

Pepi Lavitz
(Plpul)

 

L. was born on 29 March 1880 in Lemberg, Galicia. Her parents maintained costumes for [beler=ballet?] and theatre and also had as his neighbors the acting Treitler family. She began in children's roles with Gimpel, then she acted as "Mladl" when Goldfaden put on in "Latkhmud", and she became the prima donna when Anna Brie left the troupe, tut men Pepi without a long dress, and she performed as "Neomi" in "Prince Alexander". From there L. became a prima donna. Anshel Schorr engaged her then for Czernowitz for Avraham Axelrad, where she acted for a year, then a half-year in Budapest under Chana Wolfstal's direction, acting three months constantly as "Shulamis". Later L. acted for a half-year in Berlin and from there she became engaged to Edelstein-Thomashefsky in New York's People's Theatre, where she acted for a year, then a season in Chicago as a dramatist, three seasons in New York's Grand Theatre with Adler, Kessler, Kalich and Sara Adler, a year with Adler across the province, six years in Chicago, and again with Kessler in B'? and in the Thalia Theatre with Adler, Moshkovitsh and Mogulesko, a season in Detroit, four seasons with Gabel, one season with Jennie Valiere, three seasons in the Irving Place Theatre with Satz and Goldenburg, and from 1926-1929 in the National Theatre. Since then L. has acted very little, except in the productions of the Adler family.

L.'s sister is the actress Mina Birnbaum.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 960.
 

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