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
 

M. L. Meyerson


 

M. was born around 1860 in Odessa, Ukraine. His father was a hat maker. At the age of sixteen he joined under the name of Mark Lazarovitsh Meyerson with the Russian dramatic troupe, under the auspices of N.K. Miloslavsky. In 1879 he saw Goldfaden's troupe play, "Nye be, nye me," and although the production had made a bad impression on him, he however thanks to the good material conditions of the then Yiddish theatre, through Spivakovski, he became taken into Goldfaden's troupe, where he played in some small roles, and soon went over to hoy?t-n ln. When Goldfaden's troupe became divided into three provincial troupes, M. went with the part under the auspices of Spivakovski, where he also became stage director. Soon, however, he returned to the troupe, on Goldfaden's roof, to Odessa. From here M. went over to Morris Finkel's troupe, and for several years he traveled with Yiddish theatre across Russia, and he came back in 1887, due to the ban on Yiddish theatre, to the Russian stage, where he played for several years.

In 1895 he was invited through his young friend Jacob P. Adler to New York, where he became very warmly taken with the Yiddish actors and of the troupe.

About the impression that the Yiddish theatre made on him, M. wrote in his memoirs (found in the Yiddish newspaper of Y.M. Leiptsiker in the archive of the "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre"): "Here in America I became acquainted with a new method of acting. The actors when acting used such gvaldeven, greater

appeal.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1302.
 

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