Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
G. was born on 19 August
1887 in Tarnopol, Galicia. His father was the owner of a
bakery business. In 1888 almost the entire family
immigrated to America. Here G. learned in a cheder, in
public and high school, and he participated in the
school productions in English. G. became a buyer for a
department store, and he founded at the same time the
"Nathan Goldberg Dramatic Club, where he acted in the
main roles in Yiddish. (Member of that club were the
late actor Schwartz, Rose Finkental (then Goldberg),
Jacob Goldstein, Joseph Schwartzberg et al).
In 1903 G. performed for the
first time professionally in Yiddish vaudeville in the
Golden Rule House. After acting for several years in
vaudeville in various vaudeville places, G. married Rose
Finkental, and together they acted for several years in
legitimate theatre across the province, participating
also in the first permanent Yiddish troupe in Canada
under the direction of Louis Mitnick. Later G. was for a
season director of Yiddish theatre in Newark, then a
season of the Lyric Theatre, and then thirteen years as
director of the Lenox Theatre in Harlem, also being at
the same time two years co-director of the National
Theatre. Since 1927 N. is the director of the Prospect
Theatre, Bronx, acting in first roles in his troupes.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 268.
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