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Yiddish Theater

Stella Adler premieres Awake and Sing

February 19, 1935

Stella Adler premieres Awake and Sing.

"Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" debuts in Manhattan

November 28, 2007

“In that week we learned the meaning not only of perseverance, but also of the love of art for art's sake."

Estelle Getty, 1923 - 2008

Do I admire her because she's been described as "... evasive about her height, acknowledging only that she was under 5 feet and under 100 pounds?" Well, all the more points to Estelle Getty for being an itsy-bitsy powerhouse, but mostly I admire her for being a genuinely funny, talented woman, who never gave up on her greatest ambitions. In an industry where youth and beauty are often valued far above maturity and wit, Estelle turned the tables. She found success in her later years, cracked wise about it the whole time, and taught young women like myself a few things along the way.

Molly Picon

For over seventy years, Molly Picon, star of Yiddish theater and film, delighted audiences with her comic song and dance performances. Picon performed on stage and in Yiddish and Hollywood films for Jewish and non-Jewish audiences around the world. Her engaging persona and powerful performances helped keep Yiddish culture alive by bringing it out of the shtetl and into mainstream American culture.

Award for Yiddish actress, Molly Picon

June 28, 1980

Yiddish superstar comedienne Molly Picon received the Creative Achievement Award of the Performing Arts Unit of B'nai B'rith.

Yiddish theater star Bertha Kalich is born

May 17, 1874

The "leading lady" of American Yiddish theater sought to raise the artistic standards of the genre, emphasizing serious plays.

Yiddish theater impresario Dora Wasserman receives Order of Canada

April 21, 1993

Yiddish theatre producer and advocate Dora Wasserman received the Order of Canada.

Yiddish actress Sara Adler honored for 50 years on the stage

March 14, 1939

Actress Sara Adler was honored for her 50 years on the Yiddish stage with a testimonial performance at the National Theater in New York City.

Yiddish Theater in Vienna

Women were a strong presence in Yiddish theater in Vienna, as actors and as celebrated and popular stars. However, their reasons for going into Yiddish theater, their exact positions and functions within the ensembles and the theater scene are hardly known and can be reconstructed in only a very rudimentary manner, due to the lack of sources.

Yiddish Theater in the United States

The American capital of Yiddish theater was New York City, where at times as many as fourteen theaters were filled simultaneously, not counting vaudeville and cabaret.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Yiddish Theater." (Viewed on December 16, 2017) <https://jwa.org/topics/yiddish-theater>.

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