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
 

Jacob Prns

 

Born on 31 December 1901 in Warsaw, Poland. His father was a mohel, giving P. a modern religious education. In his early youth, he traveled to Berlin, where he studied for a short time in Dr. Wilhelm Levy's rabbinic seminary, then theatre arts with Professor Hugo Deblin. Thanks to the assistance of Inzh. Morits Brener, he entered into  the "Ufa Film Society", and he soon became the first assistant regisseur for Ernst Lubitsch, then a regisseur in the "Primus Film Society", where P. directed several films, including the film of Jewish life, "Di geteyknte", by Aga Madelung.

Having earlier participated in Yiddish amateur productions, P. also went on tour with the European tour (Germany, Holland, Belgium, France and England) made for the "Vilna Troupe".

1923 -- arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he entered into the local newspaper "Di prese", where he published under the pseudonym "Yankele Kolobieler" feuilletons and theatre critiques, and he also participated in the organization of the "small-arts stage" (leader -- Mark Arnstein), and in the tour across Argentina. Then he acted in Brazil, and under the pseudonym of "A. B. Ts.", wrote theatre critiques in the "Brazilian Yiddish Press".

He returned to Europe, and P. settled in Belgium, where for a certain time he was employed  by the local Yiddish theatre, and also outside of Brazil the Yiddish newspaper, "Unzer tagblat".

 

In September 1937, during their guest appearances across Poland, Joseph Schoengold and Frances Adler performed in P.'s comedy "Dos redele dreyt zikh".

His fate in the second World War is unknown.


Sh. E. and M. E. from Y. M. Nirenberger.

  • Yakov Prns -- Ver iz der grinder funs idishn teater in brazil, "Di prese", Buenos Aires, 21, 22, 24 April 1930.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 1887.
 

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