Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
Volume 8

MORE SHORT BIOGRAPHIES CREATED FOR A NEW ONLINE VOLUME
OF ZALMEN ZYLBERCWEIG'S " LEXICON OF THE yIDDISH THEATRE"

 

Yankele Alperin

 

Born in Romania, Alperin began his theater career in 1941 in the Jadenic concentration camp in Serbia, to where he was deported by the Fascist Romanian regime at the age of eighteen. After immigrating to Israel in 1961, he joined Dzigan's performances in Israel and abroad, and appeared with Joseph Buloff in Israel. After sixteen years as a Yiddish actor, he traveled to perform in New York and across the U.S. staying there for seven years, working in Yiddish theatre, until 1986. At New York's Town Hall, with the Shalom Yiddish Musical Comedy Theatre, he acted in the following plays between 1979 and 1985, among others: ""Rebecca, the Rabbi's Daughter", "The Roumanian Wedding", "The Showgirl", "The Jewish Gypsy", "Oh Mama! Am I in Love!", and "A Match Made in Heaven".

At the time of Yiddishpiel's founding in 1987, he joined as an actor, and was even awarded the prize for Best Actor in Yiddish from the Lerner Foundation in his very first year.

Additional prizes awarded him include the A. Goldfaden Award in New York; Best Supporting Actor for his role as Feibush in "The Golden Boys," by Neil Simon (the play also won Best Comedy of the Year Award); the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Israel Theatre Prize Ceremony in 2001, the EMI (Israel Union of Performing Artists) Prize for Contribution to Jewish Culture, and more.

 

Along with his rich career with Yiddishpiel, Alperin has appeared with the Habima Theatre (as Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman"), and at Beit Lessin (Grandpa Solomon in "Conversations With My Father").

Since his retirement, Alperin writes songs and narrative interludes, translations, and adaptations for Yiddishpiel's stage. 
 

Sh. E. from the Yiddishpiel.


 

 

 

 


 

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