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
 

Freydele Lifschitz

 

Freydele was born in Brooklyn, New York, America. She is descended from a Yiddish acting family (Tsile Urich was her mother's sister), and from childhood she became excited about Yiddish theatre and participated in the children's troupe under the direction of Pauline Winter, where she debuted as "Abigail" in Goldfaden's "Shulamis," and shortly thereafter in the title role. She then acted in children's roles in the Lyric Theatre (directors Anna and Isidore Hollander), the Bronx Art Theatre and Parkway Theatre.

At the age of sixteen and under the supervision of her mother, Freydele took to studying singing and acted in roles for adolescents in New York and in the province, e.g. in the Second Avenue Theatre (with Menasha Skulnik), Lucy and Misha German and Michal Michalesko, and two seasons in the Public Theatre (Direction -- Herman Yablokoff), in the Parkway Theatre (with Menachem Rubin), and in Canada and in the Elsmere (sic. Elsinore?) Theatre (Bronx), where she had the opportunity to act with Maurice Schwartz.

In the summertime L. performed in the "camps." In 1953 she had (together with Menachem Rubin, Jacob Mestel and Polia Kadison) acted in a tour for the Jewish International Workers Order. And in 1955 -- in camp Boyberik and in Mexico (with Israel Welitshansky).

 

L. performed in concerts for organizations, on the "Forward" radio programs, and for several years she had on a program every Sunday on the "WEVD radio."

In 1954 in New York in "Tkuh Records", an album with eight songs from Goldfaden's "Shulamis" was released, with a narration in English, solos by L. and duets together with Raymond Smolover.
 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2130.
 

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