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
 

Itzhak Bliefeld

 

B. was born on 21 January 1875 in Yarmelinets, Podolia Gubernia, Ukraine. His father maintained an inn. He learned in a cheder, Beit HaMidrash and in a folkshul. He sang with a "blind cantor" as an alto.

The Schwartz brothers, who were then traveling with their quartet across Russia, had given him the impulse to become an actor, because he used to sing their songs, and when he found in 1894 in Novoselts the troupe of David Sharavner, he entered into the troupe, and his first role was "Don Itzhak (Joseph) Abarbanel" in "The Spanish Inquisition," and from there he crossed over to the troupe of A. Y. Kaminski, later he toured with the Fiszon, Libert, Spivakovski, Meerson, Zandberg and Rappel troupes.

In 1904 he came to America, because he wanted to educate his children here, and he began to act in Philadelphia with Thomashefsky. After that he acted across the province, then in 1912 traveling to Europe to act, and then he traveled back to New York and in the province.

In 1926 he acted as one of the young actors at New York's Lipzin Theatre for that part of the Vilna Troupe.

In 1928-9 he was in Detroit, and in 1929-30 he was in Baltimore.

 

Specialty: Character roles.


M. E.

  • M. Myodovnik -- Mayne teatr-zikhroynes, "Der shtern," Minsk, 2-3, 1926.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 183.
 

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