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
 

Rudolf Berg
(Zilberberg)

 

B. was born on 24 November 1876 in Warsaw, Poland. His parents were small dealers. He completed a city school and a two-class real school. As a child he sang in the German choral school and with the chief cantor Vays. Beyvoynendik a home production of Goldfaden's "Nye be, nye me" -- he performed for Rothstein and friends, and from this B. became so excited that the next day he brought together children and studied one of the plays with them one of the plays, which they staged later during a wedding.

A short time later B. sang in the children's chorus of a production of Adler as a chorus singer in a Polish operetta theatre. In 1892 B. performed in David Shvartbard's troupe as "Yosef" in "Joseph with his Brothers". After acting for a short time in Lodz and Warsaw, he crossed over to second comic roles. In 1902 B. acted in Gimpel's troupe, and during a contest in Stanislawow he became in time for three months the second cantor in the synagogue.

Traveling out to Vienna, he entered into Edelhofer's troupe, gave up his plan to become a cantor, and he wandered off with Yiddish troupes across Galicia, Hungary, Bukovina, Romania, Germany and Belgium. In1907 B. became engaged in Budapest by Agid for his vaudeville house in New York, and here he soon became a member of Local 3. B. later acted in Chicago and across the province of the United States' cities and Canada.

 

Specialty: Comical characters.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 197.
 

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