[Mendele] Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements--Maurice Schwartz and his Yiddish Art Theatre

Victor Bers victor.bers at yale.edu
Fri Sep 3 15:26:55 EDT 2010

Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements

Sept. 3, 2010-09-03

To minimize wear and tear on the untershames, three requests:

1. Send time-sensitive notices well in advance.
2. Send material as plain text:  no HTML, other coding, or attachments;and 
write MENDELE PERSONALS in the subject line.
3. Correspond directly with the person who or organization which has 
posted the notice, *not* with your ever-beleaguered untershames.
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 16:48:10 -0400
From: steve at museumoffamilyhistory.com
Subject: Maurice Schwartz and his Yiddish Art Theatre

For more than sixty years Yiddish acting great Maurice Schwartz has 
directed and performed in more than one hundred plays both domestically 
and abroad. His dedication to performing plays of the highest quality
exemplifies the artistry that occurred within the Yiddish Theatre in the 
nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century. The Yiddish Theatre, 
in all its glory, was at its zenith on the Lower East Side of New York 
City, especially in the area on or about Second Avenue.

For those of you whose interest lies in Yiddish theatre, you will enjoy 
perusing the more than twenty pages found within this exhibition. You can 
not only read about Maurice Schwartz the man (a link to an unpublished 
biography of Schwartz can be found within this exhibition), but also the 
actor. You can also see photographs of many of his productions and learn a 
bit about many of the Yiddish Art Theatre productions themselves, i.e. not 
only the plays his troupe performed, but also those who worked behind the 
scenes as well and the playwrights themselves. You will also learn a bit 
about Schwartz's acting troupe itself and the myriad of talented actors 
and actresses that once graced the Yiddish stage.

For those of you who do research about the Yiddish theatre, you will find 
not only a listing of most all his YAT productions, but also a page that 
lists in greater detil more than one hundred of his productions. This is 
especially interesting because of information these listings contain, e.g. 
full cast listing of the majority of those productions listed. You will 
typically find the title of the production, the playwright's name, the 
location and name of the theatre in which the YAT performed this 
production at, and the month and year the production opened. I am still 
missing information on many of these listings as well as complete 
information on other YAT productions, so if anyone has information that 
isn't available on this webpage, please contact me.

Though some of the material found within this exhibition has previously 
been presented by this online Museum, there is much new to be seen. To see 
this exhibition, please visit www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/yat.htm. The 
aforementioned page listing the more than one hundred YAT productions with 
casts of characters can be found at 
You can also find a listing with links to most of the Yiddish Theatre 
material at the Museum of Family History's Yiddish World at 

Lastly, for those of you who wish to hear and read in Yiddish (and 
English) some poetry written by Itzik Manger and Peretz Miransky, please 
visit the Museum's Yiddish Vinkl Poetry Corner a 


Steven Lasky
blog: http://museumoffamilyhistory.blogspot.com
steve at museumoffamilyhistory.com
Please do not use the "reply" key when writing to Mendele. Instead, direct 
your mail as follows:

Material for Mendele Personal Notices & Announcements, i.e. announcements 
of events, commercial publications, requests to which responses should be 
sent exclusively to the request's author, etc., and the like) to:

    victor.bers at yale.edu (IMPORTANT! in the subject line write "Mendele 

Material for postings to Mendele Yiddish literature and language, i.e. 
inquiries and comments of a non-commercial or publicity nature:

     mendele at mailman.yale.edu

IMPORTANT:  Please include your full name as you would like it to appear 
in your posting.  No posting will appear without its author's name. 
Submissions to regular Mendele should not include personal email 
addresses, as responses will be posted for all to read.  They must also 
include the author's name as you would like it to appear.

In order to spare the shamosim time and effort, we request that 
contributors adhere, when applicable, as closely as possible to standard 
English punctuation, grammar, etc. and to the YIVO rules of 
transliteration into Latin letters. A guide to Romanization can be found 
at this site:

All other messages should be sent to the shamosim at this address:
mendele at mailman.yale.edu

Mendele on the web: http://mendele.commons.yale.edu/

To read issues of Mendele not yet archived on the website (see above), or 
to join or leave the list: 

More information about the Mendele mailing list