Museum of the Yiddish Theatre

Founder and Director, Steven Lasky
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The Museum of the Yiddish Theatre is a virtual (Internet-only) museum that is dedicated to honoring and preserving the memory of the wonderful Yiddish theatre, in all its many aspects, e.g. its plays, its actors and actresses, its playwrights, its composers and lyricists, and the many others who contributed wholeheartedly to its existence and successes since the late nineteenth century.

The Museum of the Yiddish Theatre holds a number of collections that are related in some way to the history of the Yiddish theatre, e.g. photographs, theatre programs, sheet music, audio recordings and other documents that are of some importance and historical significance.

Some who were once active in some way in the Yiddish theatre, or whose family members were once involved in the Yiddish theatre, have graciously donated their material to the museum, which it now holds in its possession. Also, the founder and creator of this museum, Dr. Steven Lasky, is the official archivist for the Yiddish Theatrical Alliance, once the mutual aid society for those involved in the Yiddish theatre, and the Museum maintains digital copies of most of what is contained in its yet-to-be-archived Yiddish Theatrical Alliance archives.

The Museum also maintains complete recordings of Yiddish radio programs, mostly made by Zalmen Zylbercweig z"l, the late editor of the "bible" of Yiddish theatre, the "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre." The Museum makes available, from time to time, some of the Zylbercweig radio programs, which were at the time broadcast from his own studio in the back of their home in Los Angeles.

The Museum of the Yiddish Theatre also holds images for use that were kindly shared by other museums, libraries and other institutions, and the museum uses them from time to time with permission for its presentations.

Here are just a small number of the fine exhibitions that have appeared the last few years at the Museum of the Yiddish Theatre.

Sholom Secunda: The Man and His Music Celia Adler ... Her Life in Yiddish Theatre, and More
Photographers to the Stars Joseph Rumshinsky Tells About Fifty Years of Yiddish Theatre
New York City's Yiddish Theatre and the Forward:
How They Reviewed the Plays That Entertained the Mostly  
Jewish Public During the Great Depression, 1929-1941
The Remarkable Zalmen Zylbercweig
and His "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre"
Maurice Schwartz and his Yiddish Art Theatre Along Came Goldie ...
The Big Ads: How the Yiddish Theatre Publicized their Productions The Forward Vacation Follies



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