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
 

Oscar Ostroff
(Yehoshua Ostritski)

 

O. was born on 28 July 1904 in Kishinev, Bessarabia, into a pious family. His father was a crops dealer. O. learned in a cheder and then in a Talmud Torah. The "over-cantor" of the synagogue choir, Kilimnik, took him into the chorus as an "alto", and as an eleven year old youth, he sang in the operetta "Di neshama fun meyn folk" in Libert-Zaslavsky's troupe. Later he acted with "amateurs" in the role of "Israelik" in "Pintele yid".

In 1918, when Chaim Meir Segalesco came to guest-star in Kishinev, and he put together a troupe of "amateurs", he took him in to act in children's roles, and as a singer in the chorus, later as a prompter. In 1919 during the tour of the troupe, he functioned at the same time as a conductor.

Later he acted in Ziegler's troupe in Iasi, then in Clara Young's troupe. In 1921 he was engaged in Misha Fishzon's "Yidishes muster un kunst-teater", and in October 1923 he came to America, where he acted and prompted in the Mc Kinley (Square) Theatre in the Bronx, with Clara Young across the province and in the Hopkinson Theatre in Brownsville (Brooklyn).

In 1924-5 he was engaged in Detroit as a prompter and stage manager in Misha Fishzon and Moshe Schorr's theatre.

In 1925-6 he was in Detroit under Misha Fishzon and Litmann's direction, in 1926-8 under Littmann, and in 1928-9 under Sam Auerbach's direction.

 


On 8 October 1926 his play named "Ven du gloybst" was staged under the direction of Louie Birnbaum in Detroit.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 79.
 

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