Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
Born on 12 April 1886 in
Vilna, Polish-Lithuania. He received a home education,
and in 1907 he became a prompter in Bleykhman's troupe
in Paris, then with Miriam Trilling and Herman Berman,
with whom he traveled to Antwerp. Later D. became
engaged as a prompter (known under the pseudonym of "Genose")
to M. D. Vaksman in Paris. 1909-10 D. went with the
troupe across Belgium and England. 1912 D. staged in
Feinman's Theatre in London, and then became an
assistant regisseur in the Pavilion Theatre (Directors
Vaksman-Moshkovitsh). In the beginning of 1913 he
traveled with Vaksman's troupe to Argentina and returned
to London, where he worked for Bleykhman and Joseph
Sherman in the Cambridge Theatre, then for a year with
Joseph Kessler in the Pavilion and Peregn(?) Theatre.
1917 D. traveled to Russia
and became an assistant regisseur in Kharkov in the
troupe of Adolf Segal and Dimarsky, 1918 -- in Moscow,
then in Vilna as a regisseur with Lipovski, and in 1919
as a regisseur in the same troupe under the name "Fareynikter
yidisher folks-teater" (without Lipovski). In 1919 D.
acted in Bobruisk with only several actors for some
weeks, and went on to Kharkov, where the troupe united
with "Unzer vinkl", and D. became assistant regisseur
and actor in the theatre until 1921, when the theatre
disbanded in Minsk, where D. joined in with the
Jewish State Theatre under
the direction of Baratov. 1922 acted with Zaslavski and
went on a tour with him across Mohilev, Vitebsk and
Leningrad. From 1923 until 1925 he worked in Minsk's
workers' clubs as a director of drama circles. From
1925, D. was secretary of the Jewish sector with the
White Russian Scientific Academy (Minsk), born "Inveyskult".
D. had in 1924 written
a shteyger play named "Etel geyt in zhenotrel",
which was performed in several workers' clubs in Minsk.
He also translated several one-acters and dramatized
D. printed in periodic
editions material about the history of Yiddish theatre,
had published in Minsk's journal "Shtern" (1926, 1-4)
the memoirs of the actor M Myodovnik, and prepared
a book "Zkhrunus vegn yidishn teater in oysland".
M. Lifshits -- M.
Myodovnik, meyene teater-zikhroynes, "Archive",
Vilna, 1930, p. 509.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 548.
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