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
 

Itzhak Lifshitz
 

 

L. was born in 1875 in Slutsk, Minsk Gubernia, White Russia.

His father was an estate liverant for the government.

He learned in a cheder, Gemorah with a special tutor and Russian with a teacher. For a short time he worked in his father's printing shop.

In 1888 he came by himself to America and here became a compositor in Jacob Sapirshteyn's printing shop. Three years later by himself he opened a printing shop, where he printed the first Yiddish posters for the Yiddish theatre and became intimately connected to the Yiddish theatre, which he helped very often with outside material.

For a certain time L. also was -- accepting payments -- as the secretary of the United Yiddish Workshops.

As a leaser of the People's Theatre (New York, 12th Street and 2nd Avenue), L. was the partner with the directors Kalich and Rumshinsky (1930-31), German (1931-32) and Maurice Schwartz (1932-33).
 

M. E.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1129.
 

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