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
 

Dr. Morris Levitt
(Meir-Leib Levitsky)


L. was born on 30 June 1881 in Homel, Mohilev Gubernia, White Russia.

His father was a storekeeper.

Until the age of twelve he learned in a cheder, where he also learned secular subjects. Then he was sent away to Odessa into a trade school of Professor Hokhman, later coming to Vilna where he was arrested as a revolutionary, and after his release he went away to Heidelberg and from there (in 1903) he joined the Mannheim engineering politechnium.

In 1905 he immigrated to America and for several years lived under harsh conditions, working in various shops. Later he became a newspaper publisher. In 1913 he graduated from NYU (New York University) as a dentist and was later employed since then in his profession.

The first time in America, L. was associated with the Poaeli Zion party, and he helped the various socialist actions and was a co-founder of "Homler Socialist Arbeter-Ring of Harlem". L. lastly became a sympathizer of the communist party.

In 1927 in New York, there was published L.'s "Dramas and One-Acters", that included: "Dos revolutsionere rusland, a drama in four acts and five scenes", "Naturs viderklangen, a drama in three acts andd five scenes", "Di farmer, a one-acter", "Di melerin, a one-acter" [performed in 1925 in New York's Unzer Theatre by Victor Pecker, Frida Vitalina, Joseph Greenberg and I. Bleifeld] and "A lendleydi, in fantazye (a farce)".

In 1928 the publishing house A. Biderman, New york, published L.'s "Tsvey eynacters", that included: "A pasnder shidukh, a comedy in one act" and "Nit gelungern (a shpat in one act).

L.'s own plays were acted by "amateurs".

L. also had written in dialogue form several images of American troupes.
 

Sh. E. from Zalmen Reyzen.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1140.
 

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