Yiddish theater left medical school to become a poet

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Yiddish Theater Left Medical School to become a Poet, Songwriter, Journalist (Yiddish) Traveled extensively in Europe and Russia 1876 - Came to Jassy, Rumania Heard Broder singer (Israel Grodner) at a wine garden - song with pantemime Concept: Material would be more interesting if it was integrated into a play, as with non-Yiddish theater of Europe Goldfadn Wrote, Directed, Produced, and Promoted Shows (~400 Morality Plays) Initially used traditional melodies and added Yiddish words Lacked Theatrical Training Couldn’t Write Music notation Small Company grew with time First to allow Jewish women onstage Toured Eastern Europe wherever there was a Yiddish audience
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Actors for Yiddish Theater Broder Singers Badhan Cantors Meshoyer End of Golden Era Tsar Alexander II was assassinated in 1881 Yiddish Theater was closed Goldfadn moved to London then New York London would not allow open air performace - could not travel as a troupe Not big enough audiences to rent a theater Pavillion Theatre in London: Goldfaden’s Shulamith at Princes Street Club 1886 (Anglicized Spelling)
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  • Fall '09
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  • Judaism, Yiddish theatre, Yiddish theater, Broder singer, Berl Broder

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