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
 

Alex Amasia
(Aleksander)

 

A. was born on 16 July 1887 in Odessa, Ukraine. Brother of actor Hersh Amasia. Until age fourteen he learned in the second governmental school. At the age of twelve until age fourteen he acted with "amateurs". Due to his mother's death he had to leave his studies, and he entered into a small Russian troupe, and when the Yiddish troupe of Mishurat came, he went over to him and traveled with them in the shtetl Berezovka, near Odessa. From there he wandered across the large and small cities of Russia. During that time he also traveled as a clown in a circus.

During the seasons 1907-7 he acted in the troupes of Genfer and Rothstein, and when he came back from military service, he acted in the troupes of Sabsey, Genfer and Libert. He participated for three-and-a-half years during the World War, when he was wounded three times. After the Revolution he became nationalized(?), and he participated in the "Yidishn kunst-vinkl (Yiddish Arts Corner). In 1923 he left Russia, and after acting for seven months in Yiddish theatre in Constantinople, he came to America, where he acted for two seasons in Philadelphia with Anshel Schorr, one season in Chicago with Glickman, and a season in the McKinley Square Theatre in New York, where he also was stage manager. In 1929-30, he was in Baltimore with Moshe Schorr.
 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 68.
 

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