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
 

Abie Gross
 

 

G. was born on 13 August 1893 in Stanislawow, Galicia.

His father was a baker.

He learned in a Baron Hirsch school.

He became a carpenter/cabinet maker, but he hadn't the desire for this work, which especially had irritated him, that actors had on ...., and at the age of fifteen he became an understudy in Shoenberg's troupe, where he also later began to act in small roles.

At the age of seventeen he came to his brother in America, where he worked as a carpenter. But as such he was drawn to the theatre, and he became a stage worker in Yiddish variety, also acting from time to time in small roles.

In 1916 he joined the Lennox Theatre as a stage manager, and he acted in small roles. There he worked for four years. In 1920 he became a member of Local 5.

His first occurrence on the legitimate stage was in Philadelphia together with Celia Adler, Blank and Kestin.

When both unions united, he became a member in the Actors Union and toured with various troupes in the surroundings of New York.

From 1921-1925 he acted in Nathan Goldberg's troupe, and since 1925 he has been in the National Theatre, where he also was stage manager. 
 

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 519.
 

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