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
 

Shlomo Mendelson
(Koyavski)

 

M. was born on 10 May 1879 in Ozorkow, by Lodz, Poland. His parents were middle-class people. He was raised next to the late actor Herman Serotsky. From childhood on he became interested in the guest-starring troupes, and he used to put together troupes of local "amateurs", and with them he acted in private homes and on Shabbat afternoons in the secular town. He also had, as well as the other members of the amateur circle, often would sing in the chorus or act in episodic roles with the guest-starring professional Yiddish troupes.

At the age of eighteen he immigrated to London and there entered into an amateur circle, with whom he acted in various one-acters and plays. Ten years later he came to Australia and in 1907 (together with Veysberg and Reynolds) organized a club of four hundred members in Melbourne, with whom they staged scenes from Goldfaden. At first, on 17 November 1909, they put on the first offering in Australia of a full play in Yiddish: Skribe-Lerner's "Zhidovska" (M. as "Prince"). The program from the production was published only in English because no one printer had Yiddish type, since then M. has been one of the main organizers and actors of the dramatic circle "Yidishe bine", which staged Yiddish productions in Melbourne and from time to time also in Sidney.


Sh. 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 1357.
 

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