Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Joseph Groper

G. was born circa 1866 in Falticeni, Rumania. His father was a tailor. He learned in a cheder, then in a school and sang with the city cantors. Later he began to travel with the cantors, and thus after coming to Bucharest, where he had in the beginning traded books, he then went into Segalesco's as a chorus singer and after that became a chorus conductor with Yuvelier in Iasi. G. later acted in lover roles in various troupes across Rumania and Bulgaria, six months in Budapest and also in Constantinople.

In 1899 he came to America and here entered into the Windsor Theatre with Hurwitz, as a quartet singer and role writer. From there he went over to the People's Music Hall (managers Shmuckler and Lipshitz) as an actor and regisseur of the potpourri and one-act sketches, which he along used to perform. With time G. owned his own wardrobe, which he used to rent to the Yiddish vaudeville houses and theatres.

G. used to collect plays and score them [the collection is found with Sholem Perlmutter] and he used to his the [liferant] of American repertoire for Yiddish theatre in Europe.

G. also was had the first collection of a list of names of Yiddish acting families in the entire world. The list holds several hundred names, divided into separate sections of actors, actresses, stage children, musicians and prompters (with funny remarks). The actor Sidney Hart had [abisl mmla geven] the list and was submitted to the editor of the "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre".


On 13 December 1911 g., after a long illness, passed away in new York and was brought for his burial at Mount Hebron Cemetery on Long Island, New York.

G.'s daughter, Lottie, acts in English vaudeville.

M. E. from  his wife Ida Groper, his brother Abraham Groper, Sholem Perlmutter, Itsikl Goldenberg and Sidney Hart.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 527.

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