Theatre

Times of Israel: This turn-of-the-century Crossdressing Feminist Proves that Yiddish Theater ain’t no Drag

This turn-of-the-century crossdressing feminist proves that Yiddish theater ain't no drag

Singing satirical songs while cross-dressed in Hasidic costume, Pepi Littman was once a controversial star of the Yiddish theater. Littman faded into obscurity after her death in 1930. Today, a young San Francisco-based Yiddish singer called Jeanette Lewicki is key to her revival.

Local singer brings to life cross-dressing Yiddish vaudevillian

Local singer brings to life cross-dressing Yiddish vaudevillian

Pepi Litman may have been born in the 1800s, but from reading the details of her life, you wouldn't know it. A cross-dressing performer with undeniable Yiddish swagger, Litman toured Eastern Europe with her vaudeville theatre troupe, singing songs about politics, archaic religions and the death of bureaucracy.