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
 

Jacob Levenson
 

 

L. was born on 15 October 1872 in Terlitsa, Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine. his father and grandfather were dayonim (assistants to the rabbi). Until age sixteen he learned in the Uman yeshiva. At the age of seventeen he came to America, and here he worked with jackets, then became an agent for life-insurance.

Seeing Adler act in "Uriel akosta", he became a frequent attendee of Yiddish theatre, and from this there came a desire to write plays for the Yiddish stage.

L.'s first play 'Dos umglik fun mayn folk", under the direction of Kh. Zeyger was staged on 6 October 1918 by the "United Dramatic Circle of Brownsville" in Gabel's Theatre.

On 14 November 1921 in the Liberty Theatre under the direction of Boaz Young there was staged L.'s play "Der amter mshpt, a problem drama in four acts".

On 27 October 1922 Julius Adler staged in the Liberty Theatre L.'s drama "In shtrom fun lebn". The offering in 1931 was a benefit for Izidor Cashier in the Rolland Theatre.

L. also wrote the plays: "Mayn got un mayn folk", "Zog dem amt", "Di froy iz shuldik", "Di shtime fun gott", "Gelibt un gelitn", "Di toybn-post", "Di dray gelibte" and "Iz dos meglekh?", which were not staged.
 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1157.
 

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