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
 

Sam Alony
(Shmuel Kopelboym)

 

A. was born in November 1903 in Lemberg, Galicia.

His father was a carpenter. His mother maintained a [bakaleyne-] store.

Until the age of eight he learned in a cheder. He completed a folkshul. He became enthusiastic for his brother's stories about the Yiddish theatre. During Purim as a child, he used to perform in homes with his children friends "The Selling of Joseph" et al, and he acted in the roles of Joseph, King Akhasverosh and Mordechai.

At the age of thirteen he was taken to attend the Yiddish theatre, and he used to commit to memory the texts for the plays he saw, and for an audience of children for whom he performed in private homes, and .in a pinch he was asked to create a stage by himself, as well as the decorations, and he also acted in the main roles.

At age sixteen he was taken to act in smaller roles in dramatic circles with the lawyers' union "Tseyry yehudah", and he understudied in the professional Yiddish theatre.

At the age of seventeen as a pioneer he went to Eretz Yisroel and there he participated in Hebrew amateur productions.

In 1927 he settled in Melbourne (Australia), where he participated at first in the professional Yiddish troupe of R. Finkelstein, and he performed in "Hertsele [myukhs]", "Markus" in "The Sorceress", and in other roles.

 

At the end of 1927, together with actor Jacob Ginter, S. Podomsky et al, he went onto the "Yiddish stage", where he acted in the role of  "Antek-Pinchas" in Asch's "Unzer gloybn", "Motl kosoy" in Sholem Aleichem's "The Big Win", "Gertushk" in Barkovitsh's "Fun yeder velt". A. also was assistant director of the "Yiddish Stage".


Sh. E. from Sam Padem..


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 7, page 6178.
 

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