Jacob P. Adler,
SYNOPSIS OF "BROKEN HEARTS1"
(Yiddish: Gebrokhene hertser)
by Z. Libin
This play starred Jacob P. Adler
It was first staged on September 18, 1903 in NYC's Grand Theatre.
Jacob P. Adler,
Sonia Nadolsky, Ida Nathanson, Sarah Adler,
Efrim Perlmutter, Charlotte Greenberg, David
Levenson and Master Bernstein (a child).
So, here is the synopsis of Libin's "Broken
The name of the actor or actress who portrayed a
particular role is indicated in parentheses:
A room in the house of
Nochum Astrin (Jacob P. Adler). Michlie (Ida
Nathanson) works at neckties. She lights a Yahrzeit
candle on the anniversary of the death of her husband.
She calls Semken (Master Bernstein), telling him to
recite the Kaddish (prayer for the repose of the soul of
the deceased parent). Wigdor (Efrim Perlmutter), who
peddles with vegetables, comes for a visit to his
relatives. Nochum Astrin enters with a Shadchen
(matchmaker). Gitel (Sarah Adler) returns from the shop.
Gitel communicates the awful secret to her sister. Gitel
declines the Shiduch (match). M'shorerim (boys' choir)
come to the Chazan for a rehearsal. Gitel receives a
letter from her lover, telling her the sad truth.
Benjamin (David Levenson) enters and tells her
everything, and she orders him to return home. Gitel is
careful not to reveal the secret of her parents.
Celebration of the tnoyim
(engagement) of the only son of Tashkind. They accept
it, while their hearts are broken. Wigder brightens and
cheers the family. He advises Gitel to forget Benjamin,
telling her a story of two potatoes. Wigder fetches
beer. Sprinze (Charlotte Greenberg) gives the
information that Benjamin has returned from Russia. To
hide her excitement, Gitel works herself up into a happy
mood and drinks beer. Benjamin enters. Nochum Astrin and
his wife Feiga return from the tnoyim. They had learned
there of the bad rumors concerning their daughter.
Nochum questions Gitel. She does not deny, but she does
not make mention of Benjamin; on the contrary, she tries
to avert any suspicion from him. Nochum drives his
daughter away from his home.
(At the house of Wigdor.)
Wigdor and his wife
Sprintze quarrel. Gitel returns with her child. Benjamin
comes to meet her. Gitel writes a note to her
father. Her parents come to see her. They contemplate to
separate from her child.
A room in a hospital.
Gitel is dying. Her relatives and friends come to see
her. Nochum recites with his daughter the Vidui
(confessions of sins on the deathbed). The little child
is brought from the Orphan Asylum to the bedside of the
dying mother. Benjamin enters. Gitel dies.
THE CAST ET AL OF "THE
1 -- From the play program for "The
Broken Hearts," 1903, New York Public Library.
of the play