Working behind the scenes, the owners, managers, and proprietors of Yiddish theatres rarely get the attention paid to other personnel–though a number of noted actors worked both in front of the footlights and in the business office. The business of the Yiddish stage–its booms and busts, its contracts and receipts, is every bit as central to Yiddish theatre history as were the story lines and performances that happened when the curtain went up.

April 29, 2024

Tsvishn Falndike Vent: An Interview With Avram Mlotek, Zalmen Mlotek, and Motl Didner

Last November, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene opened its final production of 2023, a musical revue called Amid Falling Walls (Tsvishn Falndike Vent): Unveiling Resilience and Hope During the Holocaust. The production was curated and written by Avram Mlotek, with music curated and arranged by Zalmen Mlotek, and directed by Motl Didner. The Folksbiene’s website explains […]
August 4, 2022

The Yiddish Art Theatre Repertoire: Ten New Synopses for Plotting Yiddish Drama

The Yiddish Art Theatre in Plotting Yiddish Drama.
June 8, 2021

The Menashe Skulnik Story in the Forward

Menashe Skulnik (1892-1970) was one of the great comic actors of the Yiddish theatre, remembered for his trademark porkpie hat and beloved for his schlemiel-like stage persona.
November 11, 2020

Ven Moysh iz geforn: Maurice Schwartz on the Yiddish Theatre in Argentina in 1930 (Part II)

Part II of Maurice Schwartz’s travels to Argentina in 1930.
December 21, 2018

Why Does Muni Weisenfreund Play “Shund”?

The career of the young actor Muni Weisenfreund is noteworthy, practically legendary.
November 9, 2016

Dragging the Netherlands into a Global World: Yiddish Theatre and the Ansky Society

The Netherlands never established a permanent Yiddish theatre, but it did establish the Ansky Society