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
 

Alter Epstein
 


 

Born on 20 April 1879 in Ponemunok, Kovno region, Lithuania. His father was a ritual slaughterer.

Until age fifteen he was educated in the religious Chasidic atmosphere of the "old home". He learned in a yeshiva, then he continued in the revolutionary movement and worked in the "Bund" under various pseudonyms, also under the pseudonym of "Alter der hoykher".

In 1910 he debuted in the "Forward", then in other periodic issues, and since 1917 he has worked as a editorial member in the "Tog".

In "Tsukunft" (December 1915) there was published E.'s one-act "Bey a fremden feyer" (in his book "Di karyere (The Career)", published by M. Meizel, N. Y., 1921).

Under the pseudonym of "Aksel" E. published in the "Fraye arbeter shtime" many reviews about Yiddish theatre, and in "Tog" (August-September 1918) he published episodes of actors' lives. Under the pseudonym of "Uriel Mazik" (February-April 1918) he published a large series of characterizations about Yiddish actors under the name "Picture Gallery of our Yiddish Actors".

In "Der tog" (6 January 1918) E. published "Eyne fun di alte" (dramatic scenes).

 In the "Fraye arbeter shtime" (27 September 1919) there was published E.'s one-acter "Fardath? (A dramatishe bild)".

  • Z. Reyzen -- "Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. II, pp. 794-96.

  • Moishe Nadir -- Teg fun meyne teg, "Frayhayt", N. Y., 17 February 1929.

  • B. Ts. Goldberg -- Tsvishn eygene, "Der tog", N. Y., 3 August 1929.
     

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1586.
 

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