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
 

Sophia Oberlander

 

O. was born circa 1862 in Odessa, to a well-to-do family.

An intelligent young woman, she had a love for the arts, and she left tsureydn to act in the Yiddish theatre, under the pseudonym of Mikhelson.

O.'s first performance was in Kherson in Rosenberg's troupe as "Breindele Cossack". When Goldfaden put together a troupe for South Africa under the direction of his brother Naftali and a certain krug, Naftali met there together with Israel Rosenberg, Katzman, Sabsey and Adler. Soon thereafter she began to travel with Adler as his wife across Russia, and when they came to Riga, there came into force the ban to act Yiddish theatre, and they subsequently went off to London, where she became ill and passed away on 29 July 1884.

On her tomb is a gravestone that Adler had erected with the following inscription: "[M' Srh bet] R' Shlomo Zalmen [asht] R' Yakov, son of Shraga Halevi, Friday, Ab. Trm"d".

A. left a son, Abe Adler, who is associated with the English stage.


M. E. from her sister-in-law.

 

  • B. Gorin -- "History of the Yiddish Theatre", Vol. 1, pp. 212, 242.

  • Jacob P. Adler -- Mayn lebens beshreybung, "Theatre Journal", New York, 3, 1901-2.

  • Sholem Perlmutter -- Jacob P. Adler's Memories, "The American", N. Y., 22, 23, 24, 26, 1926.

  • I. Riminik -- Ershte finf yohr idhsher teater in odes, "Di royte velt", 12, 1926.

  • Jacob P. Adler -- "Mayn leben", "Di naye varhayt", 6, 13 June 1925.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 2.
 

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