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
 

Leon (Leib) Nadolsky
 

 

N. was born on 10 February 1865 in Kishinev, Bessarabia. His father is a well-to-do lumber merchant.

He received a Yiddish education, and N. until age six helped his fathers business. At the beginning of 1881 N. became, by chance, aroused  by his young friend David Kessler, performing together in an amateur offering of the play "Mekhtshe shadkhan" by M. Heler.

A review about the offering was published in "Besarabiskya vyedomosty". Goldfaden read the review and came to Kishinev and engaged N., together with Kessler, for his troupe, which then made a short tour across Bessarabia and southern Russia.

From Goldfaden, G. went over to Shomer's troupe, in which then Mogulesko, Spivakovski, Karp, Haimovitsh, Frau Levitsky (later- Sara Adler) and Frau Edelstein, had acted. Then N. entered into Gradner's troupe.

Due to the ban on Yiddish theatre in Russia, N. traveled in 1883 to Austria and entered into Juvelier's troupe. In 1887 N. came to London and acted under the direction of Smit together with Adler, Aba Shoengold, Katzman, Kempner and Anna Held. In 1890 N. came to America, and he acted with Adler in Poole's Theatre, then he went over to the theatres: Windsor, Thalia, Kessler's Second Avenue, Yiddish Art Theatre, and back to Kessler's Second Avenue Theatre where he until 1930 was active as an actor and stage manager.

N.'s daughter, Bela Nadel, and his wife, Sonia, act on the Yiddish stage.


Sh. E.

  • M. Osherowitz -- "David kessler un muni weisenfreund", N. Y., 1930, pp. 28-30, 58-59, 61.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1386.
 

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