Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
Born in 1888 in Kielce,
Poland. In 1903 he debuted in Radom on the Polish stage,
which he left soon however due to anti-Semitism. In 1909
he was based in Czestochowa and (with the assistance of
Cantor Avraham-Ber Birnbaum) organized a Yiddish
dramatic section, with whom he directed in "Uriel Acosta"
(acting in the role of "De Silva"), later (with the help
of Avraham Vieviorka) directing a range of Gordin plays,
thereafter entering as a professional Yiddish actor in
the guest-starring Kaminski troupe, with whom he toured
across Poland. From there he went over to the troupes of
Lipovski, Genfer et al, where he acted until 1915.
In 1915-16 he acted with
Clara Young in Kharkov, when he organized under his
direction a troupe, with whom he toured until artist-[tsuzamenfor],
across the Crimea and the Ukraine. From 1917-20 he traveled
with a cooperative troupe and then in members' troupes,
leaving the Soviet Union and acting in the Yiddish
theatre in Constantinople, Italy and Vienna.
In 1922 he was engaged in
Paris and London (Dir. -- N. Blumental), where he acted
until 1925, then until 1927 was director of Yiddish
troupes in Belgium. In 1928 he was engaged to act with a
Yiddish troupe in South Africa and after returning to
Western Europe, there again he acted in Yiddish theatre.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 2, page 1368.
You can also read David's amended biography in the Lexicon's memorial volume,
no. 5, by clicking
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