New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Yiddish Theatre’s 1st American Home
By 1891, playwright Jacob Gordin had shifted Yiddish Theatre from trashy entertainments into original literary dramas and adaptions of classics including works by Ibsen, Tolstoy and Shakespeare featuring superstars Jacob Adler and Boris Thomashefsky. Adler moved audiences to sobs and cheers with interpretations of Shylock and Lear. Thomashefsky’s Hamlet brought audiences to their feet with calls of “Author! Author!” to which he pleaded forgiveness since “Shekspir lives far away in England and could not come.”
After WWI, Yiddish theatre’s base moved from Bowery to Second Avenue between Houston and 14th Street – a stretch celebrated until the 1940s as the “Yiddish Rialto.”
- Joyce Mendelsohn, author of The Lower East Side Remembered and Revisited
Erected 2016 by Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Entertainment.
Location. 40° 43.267′ N, 73° 59.611′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Bowery near Spring Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 199-201 Bowery, New York NY 10012, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace Of Vaudeville? (here, next to this marker); “Big Tim” Sullivan’s Clubhouse (a few steps from this marker); Longest-Running Catalogue In America (within shouting distance of this marker); Christians, Cops, Elks & Anarchism (within shouting distance of this marker); From Making Money To Making Art (within shouting distance of this marker); 200 Years & Counting (within shouting distance of this marker); Home Of Photographer Robert Frank (within shouting distance of this marker); Italian Renaissance Palazzo On Bowery (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. One of more than sixty entries in the “Windows on the Bowery” series.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 7, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 7, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 7, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.