Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Front Theatre

At the end of 1919 with the 16th Russian Army, which had been operating in White Russia, there was organized a Yiddish troupe under the direction of Y. Bertanov. The troupe performed for the Jewish Red Army and derhoypt for the workers and working Jewish population that worked for the cities, which used to be taken over by the Russian army.

Soon it established similar troupes that, however, did not last for long; a part of them ceased to exist due to the fact that the Soviet powers had let the region. Others therefore disbanded, and a large number of actors, due to the terrible hunger went to international destinations.

According to B. Orshansky, the main reason for the disbanding was that all of the theatres were very content with old theatre. They had almost no ideas. None of them thought that the Revolution demanded new plays, a new approach to the arts and to theatre. They took to becoming a burden of the working population and therefore lost their existence.

  • B. Orshansky -- "Teater-shlakhtn", 1931, pp. 107-117.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2,  page 948.
 

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