Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
Born May 1, 1888 in
Bucharest, Rumania. Her parents were hotel owners. Studied in
gymnasium and Yiddish with private tutors.
As actors used to travel past (the hotel), she became acquainted with
the theatre from her childhood. She would imitate the actors
and sing their songs, so she was called the "concert
In 1902 she immigrated with her mother to Montreal,
Canada. At the age of fourteen she joined a dramatic
club of amateur actors. Later she started to perform in
vaudeville. The actress Penny Schwartz saw her perform and brought her into her troupe. Anna Appel's
family accepted this news with little satisfaction. They
even sat Shiva for her, according to her account.
troupe she became acquainted with the actor Appel. She
became a soubrette, and later she started playing the
roles of grandes dames. For fourteen years she
performed with Appel in variety shows, then one season
with Gabel and a
season with Adler.
When Schnitzer founded the Art Theatre, A. was one of
in the troupe. Later she performed in Schwartz's newly
founded [Yiddish] Art Theatre. She performed there until
1928. In 1928-29 she began to perform in folk theatre
and went from time to time acted on the English stage (the comedy
"Papa"). In 1929-30 she was [back acting] in the Yiddish
Dr. A. Mukdony: Anna
Appel, "Theatre", New York, 1927, pp 120-6.
Anna Appel: My best role, "Mrs. Warren's",
"Morning Journal", October
Uriel Mazik: Picture gallery of our Yiddish actors, "Der
tog", New York, May
Anna Appel: The public and I, "Der
tog", New York, March
Jacob Mestel: Who are the artists of the New York
Yiddish Art Theatre? "Di tseyt", London, April 1924.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 83.
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