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
 

Frida Witalin
(Lapin)

 

Born on 5 June 1886 in Vilna, Polish Lithuania. Father -- owner of an expedition house. As a child she learned Tenach and Hebrew, then completed a progymnasium, a middle school, and at age twenty-one a tsanartstlekhen institute in Kiev.

As a child she "presented" herself and created various types. At age sixteen she participated in "amateur" productions together with Bertanov, Molski et al. In 1910 she participated in the "amateur" productions under the leadership of Ben-Ami and Peretz Hirshbein

1915 -- being in Russia, W. participated in Russian "amateur" prouctions. In 1920 W. left her profession and traveled to Kovno, where she took part in several Yiddish productions, 1921 -- she acted in "Yiddish artistic theatre" in Berlin (leader -- Azro), then she went with that troupe on a tour across the large centers of Germany, Belgium, Holland, France and England. 1923-25 -- acted with the Vilna Troupe in New York and across the American province and Canada, and she participated in New York's Unzer Theatre. 1926-28 -- acted in the "New Yiddish Theatre" in Riga, and in 1929-30 -- she toured with A. Stein's branch of the Vilna Troupe.

Specialty: mother- and character roles.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 669.
 

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