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
 

Sidney Licht


L. was born in 1884 in Tomaszow, Lublin Gubernia, Poland, to very religious parents. Three years later the family moved to Tishovitz, where he learned in cheders and was self-taught in the Russian, Polish and German languages. At the age of thirteen he began to write songs in Hebrew. He married in 1901and continued to study languages and read Hebrew literature. There came a conflict between him and his mother-in-law's parent and he went in 1903 to Warsaw. From there he migrated across Poland until he became in Dombrove a teacher for a rich man in his home. Here L. began to write in Yiddish.

In 1905 he immigrated to America where he often was an attendee at the Yiddish theatre and he wrote plays. In 1910 he returned to Poland and in 1913 returned to America. In 1914 he began to publish sketches in "Fa'sh" and then in "Kunds" and "Varheyt" under his own name, and also the pseudonyms "Yosele senders son", "Yosele tishvitshers son" and "Likhtiger".

L. published a book ("Humoristishe shreiften", publisher "Progress", N. Y., 1917) with monologue, published humoresques, songs and the one-acters: "Er shteht in shidukhim" (A tragi-comedy in one act), "Patsientn" (a tragi-comedy bild in one act), "Ferbiten dos kind" (a tragi-comedy in one act) "Heyse hvalies" (a comedy in one act) and "Di ibergeblibene" (a time-one-acter).

Sidney Licht -- "Humoristishe shriften", New York, 1917, pp. 310-16.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1077.
 

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