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
 

Jacob Birnberg
 

 

B. was born on 9 July 1879 in Galats (Galati), Rumania. His father was a corset maker. He completed a four-class elementary school, and then learned in a school of commerce. In 1893 he toured in a choral concert, and in 1895 he entered into the troupe, which Treitler put together from the local [talent], with whom he staged his play "Yona hanivia." In 1896 B. entered into a variety troupe (Mr. and Mrs. Klug, Mr. Kuneshkovitsh, Mr. and Mrs. London), which toured across Romania; in Floyesht he crossed over to a legitimate troupe, where Mr. and Mrs. Filipesco, Mr. Neyman, Solomonesco, Greenfeld (prompter) and Mr. and Mrs. Weissman performed, with whom he toured across Romania until 1900 when he came to Canada. Here the he entered into a troupe, and from there B. traveled to New York, where he acted from time to time, then for two years in English burlesque with Billie Vasman, a year in English vaudeville, from time to time English legitimate theatre, and he went into the union -- legitimate Yiddish theatre.

B. wrote the plays "Ven a froy libt," "Dem rebins zundele" and "Mollie spodik", which was staged in the province.
 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 170.
 

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