Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
Born on 17 September 1884 in
Kodyma, Podolia Gubernia, Ukraine. Father -- lessee and
kosher meat tax collector. He learned in a cheder and
took other studies with a writer. He fled to Balta to a
cousin and there completed the Russian municipal school.
Returning home, he learned for a year with a Hebrew
teacher and helped his father in his trade.
After childhood he
manifested a desire to paint. On the initiative of a
traveling landscapist, he traveled to Odessa, where he
learned for six months in Reynold's art preparatory
school, at first endured by his parents, then from the
preparations of his pictures and as an assistant
secretary in the Odessa telephone company. At the same
time he sang in the Shalash school with Rozumny and
learned notes with Geller, conducted by Pinye Minkovsky.
During the kanikuln,
H. used to arrange in his home city children's
productions in Hebrew, and then with amateurs staged
Gldfaden's "Bobe yakhne" (acting in the title role). He
also presented several productions in the professional
Yiddish troupe of Veysfeld in Odessa.
Thereupon, H. participated
in a chorus with a "Uriel Akosta" offering in Russian
theatre, he entered into the chorus of a Ukrainian
troupe, where he later also received small roles.
1905 -- H. participated in
Yiddish zelbstshuts, was wounded and had to, due
to a denunciation, fled abroad. In 1906 he acted in
England (with Jenny Keyzer and Joseph Sherman) across
the province, and then also as a landscape painter and
portraitist. 1907 -- came to a brother in Philadelphia,
America, and maintained himself by painting. Due to the
prohibition of the doctors, he interrupted his painting
activity and joined in as an actor in Yiddish vaudeville
in Philadelphia, then acted in vaudeville in New York
with Nathan Goldberg in the Third Street Theatre,
vaudeville with Max Gabel and Jennie Goldstein in the
Gold Theatre in Brooklyn (with Vera Gordon and Berta
Gerstin), later -- a season of legitimate theatre with
Nathan Goldberg in Montreal, and in the Plaza in New
York, then several seasons across the province.
1928-29 -- acted in
Brooklyn's Hopkinson Theatre, and in 1929-30 -- in
Brooklyn's Lyric Theatre, where he was also a stage
H. is a member in the
Executive Committee of the Actors Union.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 583.
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