Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
Jacob (Avraham Yakov) Mandsorf
M. was born on 12 January
1902 in Balitz, a village in the Kielce region, Poland.
His parents were tenant farmers (or lessees). During
Purim time he used to with his grandfather bring
together all the children of the neighborhood and the
father, who had never in his life not seen the theatre,
used to put on and relax the audience.
He learned with a "helper"
and later began to learn in the Stopnitz Yeshiva.
In 1912 his family settled
in Lodz, where M. became a turner.
He began to learn in a
worker's union, and he found with friends (in 1918) the
youth organization "Tsukunft", and in 1919 he performed
in Reyzen's "Gute brider" in a drama circle with the
organization. Later L. took in lectures with the
dramatic arts stage actor Elihu Stein.
During the Bolshevik
Revolution he became a servant/footman in a village,
then he went away to Warsaw where he again took in
lectures with Stein, then as to his profession, he
worked at the same time in dramatic circles and directed
productions with dramatic circles in the province.
In 1925 he completed the
Yiddish dramatic school in Warsaw and then he acted in
David Herman's studio (debuting professionally on Pesakh
1925 in Peretz's "Night at the Old Marketplace") in
Warsaw and in the province. At the end of 1925 he became
engaged in "Azazel". On 20 September 1927 he entered
into the Vilna Troupe. Later he acted with Buloff during
his guest-starring appearances in Romania, then in
Warsaw's Yiddish Dramatic Theatre, where he created
(December 1931) the title role of "Azef", and since
1932 he has returned to the Vilna Troupe.
Sh. and M. E.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 2, page 1222.
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