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
 

Shabtai Itzkowitz

 

I. was born in 1892 in Zgierz (Zgerzh), Poland. His parents were small manufacturers. He learned in cheders and then in a Belchatow yeshiva. At age fifteen he was sent away to his grandfather in Ozarkow, and there for the first time he saw in 1908 the acting of a Yiddish troupe (Serotsky) and his wife, Shimensky, Bliefeld et al), and through this he became excited , and he decided  to become an actor. Soon thereafter A. entered into the dramatic section of the local "Hazmir", and on 15 July 1909 he participated in the production of "Mkhirt un gdult yosef". When his family discovered this, the drove him out. He left for Lodz where a theatre manager, Pshigada, was organizing a troupe of beginners. A. traveled with them to Biala, where they acted in a [shtal]. In 1910 A. traveled around with the director Leshtshinsky across small cities in Poland, then he married the actress Yakubovitz and in 1910-11 both became engaged to Sharavner in Vilna. In 1912 in Minsk to Bernstein, in 1913-14 until the outbreak of war A. directed for a troupe in Radom, Poland. In 1818-9 A. acted with a troupe in Galicia. In 1920 he was with Berl Hart in Galicia. In 1921 he was with Julius Adler and Serotsky in Lodz. In 1922-23 he was in Tarnopol and several productions in Lemberg. In 1923 A. traveled to America, where he acted in various troupes and also had participated in Los Angeles in the Warner Brothers Studio.
 

Sh. E.

 


 

 

 

 


 

Home       |       Site Map       |      Exhibitions      |      About the Museum       |       Education      |      Contact Us       |       Links


Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 59.
 

Copyright Museum of Family History.  All rights reserved.