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
 

Meyer Mishurat
(Ratushnik)

translation in progress....


Born circa 1866 in Zvenigrodka, Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine. Father -- a small dealer for a manufacturer. He learned in a cheder, and until age eleven in a yeshiva, where -- secretly -- he received a little of the  Haskalah literature, and his pious father drove him out of the house.

Migrating over various town with no profession, he became close to a Yiddish itinerant troupe, with whom he did various types of work. With the opportunity he was ale to take part in the one-time specific activities of the Yiddish theatre manager, such as optsunarn the authority and police officials, and became a expert in the field of expenditures or exploiting the permits to perform "Yiddish-German theatre" or just "German theatre".

In that span of time, he began to act in comical roles and also became the director of his own troupe, with whom he toured across the small cities and towns of Russia. After marrying the daughter of a water supervisor in Nikapol, he made her a prima donna and became by that became "zelbsthersher" of his troupe, in which many Yiddish actors began their stage careers, who had afterwards important positions on the Yiddish stage.

In 1922 he passed away in Zvyenigrodka.

Israel Rosenberg had in New York's "Tog" (13 January -- 10 February 1917) printed a series of theatre curiosities of M.

David Reits portrayed him so:

"A very good brother. Every day he used to bring in meat, bread, potatoes, and a flask of whiskey  for the actors, at times a ....more to translate...
 

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 1330.
 

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