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
 

Zelda Zlatin
(Hilda Schwartz)

Born in 1906 in New York, America. Z. was "the wonder child of Yiddish theatre". At age eight she began to act in children's roles in the "Lenox Theatre" (with Goldberg and Jacobs), then with Bertha Kalich, Jacob P. Adler, Max Gabel, and in the "Yiddish Art Theatre" with Maurice Schwartz, under the name Schwartz and later as a soubrette in the "Rolland" Theatre, and with Molly Picon. For a season she acted in Yiddish theatre in London, and returning to New York she settled into her musical studies at the Manhattan School of Music, and then to concerts of humor and satire where she was also a piano soloist and accompanist.

Some of her popular numbers include: "Dos meserl" by Sholem Aleichem, "A tsokoladn shap" by Farber, "Di mume bayle" by Khaver-Paver, and monologues by Moishe Nadir.

Z. issued the record "Bar Mitzvah" (a satire), "Shkhnim", (a satire), "Bukovina" (a dertsaylekhe folk song), and "Mazurka" by A. Lutsky, arranged by her.

Together with Maxim Brodyn, she also directed a one-acter by Peretz Hirschbein "Grine Felder".

Y. Rabinovitsh writes after her concert in Montreal: "We cannot perform any better nkhs-rukh as to hear Zela Zlatin's artistic exchange of Yiddish.....

The "Forward" writes about a concert:

"The performer Zelda Zlatin has had a toplte task of forleyenerin of the piano bagleyterin for Miriam Burnet. Zelda Zlatin has added much to the interesting program with her playing of the monologues of Eliezer Steinberg, Sholem Aleichem and of the poet Yevtusenko -- the poem "Babi Yar". Highly successful was the humorous number "Di mume bayle" by Khaver-Paver. In the scene that Zelda Zlatin acted out, in a comical, heartfelt way, a Yiddish form of the alte heym and a Yiddish wedding, strongly successful was the iberdertsayln, shortened, Sholem Aleichem's "Dos mesterl".


Sh. E.

  • [--] -- Zelda zlatin kontsert, "Forward", N. Y., 17 November 1967.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 7, page 6283.
 

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