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
 

Israel Edelman

 

Born on 11 November 1899 in Oessa, Ukraine. Father --  a representative of the Peterburg futilover plant. He completed an eight-class trade school and studied in the medicine facultat of Odessa University.

As a student of the business school and later in a university, E. acted and stage directed amateur productions in Russian, and in 1918 he directed his dramatization of Frug's "Dray neshmos". He had the opportunity to begin work in the "People's Socialist Theatre", under the direction of Adashev and Gura. 1920 -- acted professionally in a Russian state theatre "Der royter fakl", under the pseudonym of Tatishdyev, 1923 -- in the Russian state theatre "a socialistic drama" under the pseudonym of Tezovravsky, and in 1925 he entered into the Moscow Jewish State Theatre (Director: A. Granovsky).

1928 -- E. was the artistic director and main regisseur for the first Jewish state theatre workshop in Homel, and there he directed his drama "Mister Dollar", his comedy "Di gzrh", a "literary montage" -- "Perets maskes", and L. Reznik's "Oyfshtand".

E. wrote the one-acters "Baruch Spinoza" and "January 9th" (staged in 1924 in Odessa in the "Narfit" club), "Mister Dollar", a drama in three acts, and "Arvachung", a drama in three acts (staged in 1928-9 in the first Jewish state theatre workshop in Homel, "Tmimus", a drama in four acts, and "Di royte fliglen", a drama in three acts, and translated "Got di name" by A. Uyild(?)

 

and "Der hafn" by Mopasan (both performed in various clubs in Odessa in 1926-8), he had also written the film scenarios for "David" (staged 1927-8 in Leningrad), and had worked as an actor and assistant regisseur in the film "Lesnoy zvyer", "Ukrazya" and "Valfku" (a Ukrainian film production), and in the film "Kikhltsha" by the Moscow "Sovkino".

E. published various articles about film and theatre in the journal "Silhouette", and in various periodic publications.

E.'s sister, Larisa, acts in Yiddish theatre in the Soviet Union.
 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1546.
 

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