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
 

Phillip Weisenfreund
 

 

Born in 1860 in Nadvorna, Galicia. His father used to import colonial goods from Hungary.

He learned in a cheder and as a youth sang with a cantor.

Through Treitler he was taken into his theatre chorus. He came in the course of a short time to perform in small roles, and when Gimpel put on "Shulamit" with Regina Prager, W. acted in the role of "Tsingetang". Later W. returned to Treitler in Krakow, and he acted in Budapest, afterwards in Rumania, but due to bad business, W. returned to Galicia to Abraham Axelrad, acting afterwards in Austria and in London, and he went in 1902 together with his wife and children to America. Here he also performed in New York's Yiddish vaudeville, but after a short time he went out to Chicago where he led his own troupe for six years in which his son Muni acted.

W. was a good character actor.

[Gelitn] the last years in Austria. W. passed away in Chicago on 2 June 1913.
 

M. E. from his wife Saltshe Weisenfreund.

M. Osherowitz -- "David Kessler and Muni Weisenfreund", New York, 1930, pp. 172-176, 180.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 673.
 

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