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
 

Shimi Goldfaden
(Goldenfodim)
 

 

G. was born in 1866 in Starokonstantinov, Volin. As the younger son of Chaim Lipe Goldenfodim. Brother of Avraham Goldfaden. He learned in a cheder, then in a folkshul. At the age of fifteen he began to work with his father as a cigar maker. Later he traveled to Kiev to his brother Yidl, and there learned dentistry and practiced in Priluki. During that time he had the opportunity to act in Yekaterinoslav with "amateurs" in his brother Avraham's plays.

In 1893 he came to America and worked here for twelve hears in a factory of art [clocks=zeygers], then he studied and received a diploma as an optician.

G. wrote the play : "Mollie on Park Avenue", a "musical comedy" in three acts and one scene, "Ir gliklekhe shtunde", a musical drama in four acts, and "Ir shikzal" in four acts, which wasn't staged.

He also had adapted and supplemented the "broken" manuscript for his brother Avraham of the not-performed play "Meyn tsuah".
 

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 374.
 

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