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
 

Grisha (Yoel) Epstein


E. was born circa 1890 in Mohilev Podolsk, Ukraine. His father was a private teacher. He was an actor and then became a teacher in a folkshul.

He began as an "amateur" and afterwards became a professional who acted in the troupes of Guzik, Mishurat, Eskrin, Sabsey, Krause-Gurevitsh, and for a short time with Fishzon. In 1911 he came to Lipovski in Libova, then for several years acted in Vilna and Riga. In 1916 he was with Lipovski in Kharkov. Later he entered into "Unzer vinkl" in Kharkov and Kiev. At the end he led with Meyerson a troupe across Podolia and Kiev Gubernias.

On 27 April 1920 he was killed, together with I. L. Boymvol, as a result of a military attack by the Kaziatin statsye near Kiev, and was brought from there for burial into a brother's tomb.

E. was known as an intellectual, a talented performer, who was fast to develop. His first roles were said to be "Mendl" in Peretz Hirshbein's "Di nblh" and "Der zeyde" in Hirshbein's "Dos farvorfene vinkl (The Faraway Corner)".
 

Sh. E. from Chaim Tauber and M. E. from Makhum Lipovski and Yosef Strugatsh.

Necrology in "Yiddish Theatre", Warsaw, I, 1921.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1588.
 

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