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
 

Sam Gerstenzang
(Shmuel)
 

 

G. was born on 15 April 1888 in Lodz, Poland. His father was a goldsmith. He learned in a cheder and in a Polish private school. As an "alto" he sang with cantors, and then he toured with a Germany quartet across Russia.

From his early youth G. strove to the Yiddish theatre, and when he acted in Kaminski's and Fishzon's troupe, he joined as a chorus singer with Fishzon in 1904, and in the same year he went over to the troupe of Kompaneyets, where he began to act in small roles. Then he organized a members troupe in which German, Silberkasten and Bulman acted. The troupe, reorganized by Julius and Amelia Adler, toured within Poland and Russia with great success.

In 1908 G. traveled with his family to America, and here he entered into German's troupe in Chicago. A short time thereafter he acted on a temporary basis in English vaudeville. Then he toured with various Yiddish troupes across America; later he acted for a season in Yiddish vaudeville in New York, then further in Yiddish theatre in various troupes in New York, where Adler, Morisson, Schildkraut, Moshkovich, Thomashefsky and Blank were at the top.

In 1926 G. acted in the McKinley [Square] Theatre in the Bronx. In 1927-8 he was in Boston with Hollander. In 1928-9 he was at the Rolland Theatre, and in 1929-30 he was in Philadelphia's Arch Street Theatre.

Specialty: Comical characters.
 

M. E.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 506.
 

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