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Nahma Sandrow

Nahma Sandrow, a professor at City University of New York, wrote Kuni-Leml and Vagabond Stars, prize-winning off-Broadway musicals based on Yiddish theater material. She is the author of Vagabond Stars: A World History of Yiddish Theater, “God, Man, and Devil”: Yiddish Plays in Translation and Surrealism: Theater, Arts, Ideas.

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Yiddish Theater in the United States

Women have always been important as both Yiddish theater audiences and actors. For a decade and more, most American Yiddish actors were immigrants, as were their audiences. Often families played in the same company, such as the famous Adler family. Now, as Yiddish theater has become attenuated, the loyalties and memories of women are important for its survival.

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