"200,000" (also called by the
author "Dos groyse gevins," i.e. the Big Winner/the Big
Lottery) is a folks-shpiel in four acts by Sholem
Aleichem, which was performed in September 1930 at the
Novotshi Theatre in Warsaw, Poland.
A poor tailor, Soroker, played by
Rubin, is told that heís won 200,000 rubles in the
national lottery. His world turns topsy-turvy, as does
the lives of Ettie his wife and Beilke his adored,
unmarried daughter, who is now besieged by suitors.
Events reel out of control, until itís learned that
Soroker hasnít won the lottery after all. But when the
bubble bursts, the tailor returns to his previous state,
none the worse for the experience.
Direction was provided by Jacob
Regirer, under the auspices of the Yiddish Theatre
Society in Warsaw.
The stage direction was provided by
Menachem Rubin (who also had the main male lead in the
The settings were designed by K.
Matzekevicz, and the orchestra leader was I.
The troupe was made up of the
Menachem Rubin, Helena Gotlib (Samborek),
Diana Blumenfeld, Ajzyk Rotman, Chevel Buzgan, Moshe
Garbaz, Shoshana, Itshe Inverntarz, Shlomo Kon, David
Lederman, Simcha Weintraub, Avraham Wolfstat, Pesakh
Kerman, Mania Kayzerowitz, Rachel Holzer, Hershl
Poznanski and Akerman.