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
 

Charles Nelson

 

Born on 4 August 1895 in Pinsk, Poland. His father was a deliver of wood. He learned in a cheder and in a Talmud Torah.

At the age of twelve he came with his mother to America, where he attended a two-class public school and became an errand boy in a hat factory. Then became an usher in the Yiddish Metropolitan Theatre in Chicago, also distributed the theatre [flugbeter] across the city and later became an [afish-kleber] and a publicity agent for the variety houses of the Yiddish theatre.

As an active worker in political parties, he organized a group of rich [folks], who had taken over the Lawndale Theatre and since 1929-30 transformed a stable Yiddish theatre, of which N. was general manager. Some season 1931-32 he had the group totally withdraw from the theatre. N. remained the sole building owner and then transformed the theatre into a sound film house.


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 1426.
 

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