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
 

Shmuel Landau-Klekoy
 

 

L. was born on 9 August 1882 in Włocławek, Poland. His parents were merchants. He completed  a pro-gymnasium, and after school with "amateurs", he acted in Polish. In 1900 under the pseudonym of "Stalski", he entered into a Polish operetta troupe in Lodz. Later he went over the acting in German in the local German theatre (Director Rosenthal). From there he returned to the Polish stage (Director Maretski) and then in Grubinski's operetta-dramatic troupe in Warsaw.

In 1905 he acted in Warsaw's Ludowi Theatre (Director Mishkovski) and then in the Polish opera, where he sang several main roles. Then L. went over to the Yiddish theatre ("Novi" in Warsaw on Krulevskagasse), where he debuted in "Yehuda un Izrael", and since then L. has acted, with certain breaks, on the Yiddish stage in the prominent troupes: with Kaminski, in Lodz's Grand Theatre (Director I. Zandberg), in the Central Theatre in Warsaw, where he was regisseur for the play "Dr. shtiglitz" and (together with Zigmunt Turkow) "Motke ganef (Motke the Thief)" by Sholem Asch, later in "Vikt", then in other Yiddish troupes in Poland.

L. studied directing and theatre arts with Zshel Azavsky and Grubinsky.

He several times was a member of the management of the Yiddish Artists Union in Poland, and for a certain time her vice-chairman.

L. translated into Yiddish Krashevski's "Tsiganka aza", "Dos bintl meshuganim" by Loyfs, "Petra karuza" by Roberto Bracco, and "Di tsvey toybe" by Moono. All of these were performed.

L.'s brother, Moshe, was an opera singer, and for a certain time he acted on the Yiddish stage.


M. E.

  • Ver zeynen unzere shoyshpiler? "Ta"k", Lodz, 4, 1922.

  • Noah Prilutski -- "Yidish teaer", Bialystok, 1921 [in the reviews].

  • Shmuel Landau -- Vi azoy ikh bin gevorn an aktyor, "Teater", Warsaw, 2, 1925.

  • Y. B. T. -- Yidishe aktyorn vegn zikh, "Literarishe bleter", Warsaw, 124, 1926.

  • M. Weichert -- "Teater in drama", Warsaw, 1926, II, pp. 12-13.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 999.
 

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