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 Auerbach

 

Born on 1 April 1890 in Zvontshik, Kamenets Podolks. Gubernia, Ukraine. His father was a bel-takse (kosher meat tax collector). He learned in a cheder and in a yeshiva. In 1902 he arrived with his father in America. He learned in night school, and he worked drawing times for clothing and laundry, then he became an errand boy in the same firm, later a vendor in a fur coat business. Each time he organized a group of amateurs such as Schwartz, Schwartzberg, Fishel Singer, Rosa Finkeltal et al., and they would stage in New York's Manhattan Lyceum [Theatre] Solotorefsky's "Twentieth Century." A. also participated in the local productions, then in the offerings of the same group in Brownsville's Singer Hall, and in the provinces, acting for a season in Baltimore. Becoming a member in Local 18, he traveled to London, where he guest-starred in the Pavilion Theatre (Directors King and Waxman), and then when Adler came to guest-star, acting his him for three months.

For a short time in America, he acted in Philadelphia, and a season in the Thalia for Spachner, then he became, together with Charles Groll, the manager of the Liberty Theatre (two seasons) -- and from then on constantly as manager: Chicago (with Glickman -- two seasons), Toronto (one season), Chicago (one season), Los Angeles (two seasons). In 1926 A. guest-starred for two months in Argentina, 1927-8 -- manager in Los Angeles. In 1928-9 (together with A. Littman) manager and actor in Detroit. 1929-30 -- together with Mishe Fiszon manager of Brooklyn's Lyric Theatre, where A. also acts.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 43.
 

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