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
 

Benjamin Epstein

 

E. was born on 1 December 1899 in Vilna, Polish Lithuania. His parents were owners of a wine business. He learned in a cheder, and after his father's death was raised by his grandfather, who took him to the townspeople, where E. learned in a yeshiva. At the age of nine, he went off to Vilna, where he learned with his grandfather and then completed eight classes of a Russian early school.

In 1909 he performed "theatre" in Russian by himself in homes with his school friends, the actors-to-be Joseph Buloff [Bulkin] and Osya Shteyn [Kamyen], in improvised "plays". In wartime, he transformed his mother's wine cellar into a "theatre" and acted there with the above-mentioned for admission money. Later for one-and-a-half years he was conductor of the band for the German occupying forces. In 1917 he participated as an assistant director in Buloff's offering of Dymov's "Der zinger fun zeyn troyer (The Singer of his Sorrows)", in February 1918 he entered into the Yiddish State theatre under the direction of Azro. Soon thereafter he participated by chance in the productions under the direction of Shteyn, Morevsky, then a season with Lipovski, 1920 -- with Kaminski and Turkow, then under the leadership of David Herman. For six months he left the stage and worked in a leather factory. E. participated again in various Warsaw Yiddish troupes. In 1923 he was in the Vilna drama, 1926 -- in "Vik't", with whom he went on tour in Rumania. For a certain time E. returned to the Vilna Yiddish Theatre, then managed with various Yiddish troupes across the Polish province.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1587.
You can read Benjamin Epstein's amended biography in the Lexicon's memorial volume 5 by clicking here.
 

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