Interview with Debra Caplan discussing her book Yiddish Empire: The Vilna Troupe, Jewish Theater, and the Art of Itinerancy
The interview is conducted by Sholem Beinfeld, a regular contributor to the Yiddish Voice, co-Editor in Chief of the Comprehensive Yiddish-English Dictionary, and Professor of History, Emeritus, Washington University, St. Louis.
Excerpts from David Tamkin’s opera The Dybbuk, inspired by the play first and most famously performed by the Vilna Troupe. Track: Nigun of the 7 Circles. From the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music: Jewish Operas: Volume 1.
Di Frosh and Feter Elye, performed by Noah Nachbush, the late actor who performed as a member of the Vilna Troupe in the world premiere of Der Dibek (The Dybbuk) in 1920, from the album Gems of Yiddish Poetry and Folklore: LP No. 330
Cantor Mordechai Herschhman: Vyo Vyo Ferdelach
Forverts Kol news report by Jacob (Kobi) Weitzner, courtesy of the Yiddish Forward, on the web at yiddish.forward.com
Intro instrumental music: DEM HELFANDS TANTS, an instrumental track from the CD Jeff Warschauer: The Singing Waltz