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
 

Louis Bokshitzky
(Leib)

 

B. was born on 12 December 1879 in Slutsk, Minsk Gubernia, White Russia. His parents were footwear merchants, who in 1884 moved to Brody, and from there they migrated to Krakow, and in 1890 to America. Here B. became a worker for handbags and he learned in an evening school. Often attending the Yiddish theatre, there developed in him a desire for the stage, and he imitated the actors. B. then entered into  the "Golden Gate Dramatic Club" and acted under the direction of Cesar Greenberg in Feinman's "Dos foters kallah", then B. became a member in the "Hand-in-Hand Society", where David Levenson was the regisseur, later in the Silver Dramatic Society (where Shomer and his son Abraham were he directors). After participating for a short time in the productions of the local clubs, B. opened a delicatessen store, but it [tsit] him to the stage, and when Local 5 was founded, he became there  a member, and he began to act professionally in vaudeville in the People's Music Hall, then in the Irving Music Hall, Broadway music Hall and with Aged. During the period of the theatre acts in the movies, B. performed together with Bertha Gerstin in such acts, and then he acted for three seasons together with max Rosenthal and Gabel, later for four years with Joseph Kessler in Chicago and two years in Chicago with Glickman, for a single season in Montreal and on Third Street in New York, two seasons at the Hopkinson Theatre, a single season in Cleveland, Mc Kinley Square in the Bronx, Boston (with Hollander), Montreal, Detroit, 1928-9 in Newark, 1929-30 in Pittsburgh.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 123.
 

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