Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
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
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
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
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.
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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