Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
S. was born in 1881 in Iaşi,
Romania. Her parents were the actors Adolf and Beile Rosenblum. At the age of six months she was
brought on stage. When she was four she started acting
in children’s roles in Romania under her father’s
direction and later with the Treitler's troupe in
Galicia. When she was eleven she was “Queen Esther” in
Goldfaden’s play “Achashverosh” in Iasi, under her
From then on she acted the
prima donna roles in operetta repertoire. When she was
thirteen, she traveled with her father’s troupe to
Constantinople, then acted for a year at the Yiddish
theatre in Egypt, and then in Romania again where she
married Jacob Silbert. She acted with him in Germany and
Hungary and then wandered off to America where she acted
in dramatic roles for the first time then in the roles
of mother[s] and grandes dames.
In America Silbert performed
with the outstanding actors of the Yiddish stage. For a few
years, she played with theatrical groups at various
intervals. From 1919-20 and 1923-4 she acted with the
Yiddish Art Theatre at the Irving Place Theatre (whose
manager was then Jacob Ben-Ami), and in 1928-9 with the
Yiddish Art Theatre. In 1929 she began to play with the
Philadelphia Arch Street Theatre and then moved so she
could act in New York, in English, in Dave Friedman’s comedy “Mendel Incorporated”.
Rosa, was an Yiddish actress. Her son, Theodore, is
also linked with the Yiddish theatre.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 780.
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