Born on 14 January 1888 in
Trostyanets. Podolsk, Ukraine. Father -- a poor, single
store owner. Until age thirteen he learned in a cheder,
then as an extern. At the age of seventeen, he began to
be interested in the theatre and there came with the
itinerant Yiddish troupes the opportunity to perform in
"roles" when an actor could not go on. After traveling
with the actors, he founded with the intelligentsia of
the town, an "amateur" group, and staged Libin's "Gebrokhene
Then he left to migrate to
foreign lands. He went across Austria, Hungary,
Slovenia, and he returned home, traveling to A"Y,
and he came back to Russia where he served for year in
In the beginning of 1910 he
arrived in America with the idea of becoming a Yiddish
actor, but due to his family situation, he could not
realize it. He worked in a shop. In 1909 he debuted with
a song in Bader's collection book "Shtraln", and then he
began to publish literary work in various periodic
editions. Since 1914 he has been a constant contributor
to the "Forward", where he published (also in the "Veker")
an entire series of articles, biographies, character
portraits and monographs of Yiddish and non-Yiddish
In 1918 he debuted with the
comedy "Yo farheyrat -- nit farheyrat", a comedy of
Jewish-Bohemian life, from him and Kh. Gottesfeld,
staged by Schildkraut and Shnitzer.
Then he wrote
the dramatic operetta "Tsarevitsh fyodor"
(staged with music by Rumshinsky in the Second
Avenue Theatre), a translated Yevreaynov's "Hoyptzar"
(staged in the Irving Place Theatre), Alexei
Tolstoy and Pavel Shtsheglov's drama "Rasputin
un di tsaritsa" (staged by the "Vilna Troupe" in
the Lipzin Theatre), Yuri Yurin's drama "Der
kenig in shmates" (staged by Thomashefsky), and
the two not performed translations, "A kush
durkh radio" by Yevreynov, and "Danton's Death"
by Alexei Tolstoy.
On 23 January 1928
in the National Theatre, there was staged by
Samuel Goldenburg O.'s drama "Elchasnador
O. wrote a large
monographic work about David Kessler as an actor
and human being for "Archive of the History of
Yiddish Theatre", issued by "YIVO" (edited by
Dr. Y. Shatzky). The same work with additional
chapters, together with a monograph about Muni
Weisenfreund, he prepared for publishing in a
Zalmen Reyzen --
"Lexicon of Yiddish Literature", Vol. I, pp.
Ab. Cahan -- Di
komishe zayt fun a tife drame, "Forward", 30
Dr. A. Mukdoni
-- Tsarevitsh fyodor, "Morning Journal", New
York, 22 April 1927.
A. Glantz --
Moli pikon in ihr nayer rol als "tsarevitsh
fyodor", "Tog", New York, 15 April 1927.
B. Botwinick --
Osherovitsh'es "tsarevitsh fyodor", "Veker",
New York, 14 May 1927.
B. Y. Goldstein
-- "Tsarevitsh fyodor", "Fr"asht", New York,
29 Aril 1927.
N. Buchwald -- I
a sheyne "shau", I moli pikon, "Frayhayt",
New York, 22 April 1927.
Tsarevitsh fyodor, "Der groyser kunds", New
York, 15 April 1927.
L. Kesner --
Tsarevitsh fyodor, "Yidish tageblat", New
York, 15 April 1927.
Drame eyn drame oys, "Der Groyser Kibitser",
New York, 7 December 1923.
Der kritiker --
In teater, "Gerekhtigkeyt", N. Y., 14