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Yiddish Theater

Estelle Getty, 1985

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Actress and comedian Estelle Getty (1923 – 2008) in 1985.

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Actress and comedian Estelle Getty (1923 – 2008) in 1985.

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Bessie Thomashefsky

With suffragette spirit and comedic skill, Bessie Thomashefsky adapted great American and British plays for Yiddish-speaking audiences, from Uncle Tom’s Cabin to Oscar Wilde.

Mary Moss

Despite living at home with her parents for much of her life, Mary Moss lived a vivid existence through the lives she investigated as a journalist and the ones she invented in her fiction.

Birth of Adrienne Cooper, Performer and Interpreter of Yiddish Song

September 1, 1946

Adrienne Cooper was in a way the mother of the Yiddish revival.

Irene Lewisohn

Irene Lewsohn co–founded the Neighborhood Playhouse, known for producing experimental plays by writers like James Joyce and Sholem Asch.

Dora Wasserman

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Actress, playwright, and theater director, Dora Wasserman (1919-2003).

Photo courtesy of the Segal Centre.

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Actress, playwright, and theater director, Dora Wasserman (1919-2003).

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Miriam Kressyn

Miriam Kressyn was that rare talent known as much for her performances as for her work offstage as a historian of the Yiddish theater.

Jennie Goldstein

Jennie Goldstein won the hearts of her audiences playing tragic roles in Yiddish melodramas, but when tastes changed, she showed her versatility by playing comic roles with equal skill.

Berta Gersten

Regal and soft-spoken, Berta Gersten graced the Yiddish stage for decades, playing a wide range of leading roles to great critical acclaim.

Celia Adler Cropped

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Actress and theater director, Celia Adler (1889-1979).

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Actress and theater director, Celia Adler (1889-1979).

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Yiddish Theater." (Viewed on February 12, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/yiddish-theater>.

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