R. was born in 1915 in
Vilna, his father -- a small merchant. He learned in a
cheder., then in the Vilna real gymnasium. From his
early youth he manifested an interest in the theatre,
participating in the school productions and singing in
the chorus. Later as an office worker in the Vilna
lumber merchants union, learning in the evening in the
dramatic school (first under the direction by Avraham
Morevsky, later Jonas Turkow). For a short time he
performed with the "Maidim" marionette theatre and the
small art theatre "Davke" in the Vilna province. In the
summer of 1939 he guest-starred with the "Maidim"
theatre in Lodz and Warsaw.
Soon after the liberation
from the Nazis he acted, with several rescued actors,
in small-arts programs in the former German city Szczecin,
where he had then found several thousand rescued Jews.
In 1946, together with his
wife Nekhama [Nina Shulman], he acted with a troupe
across Austria and Germany, especially literary musical
programs for the Jews in the [displaced persons- ed.] camps. In 1947 -- he acted
in the Munich Yiddish theatre "MIKT", where he was
also a member of the artistic council, and under the
direction of the Polish-Jewish director Bardini he
performed as "David Reuveni" in Glanz-Leyeles' "Shlomo
molkho", "Kabus" in "Die Hoffnung" by Herman Heyermans,
and "Kuni lemel" from Goldfaden's "Two Kuni Lemels",
which he staged together with Pesach Gutmark.
In 1950 he immigrated to
America and took to performing in New York with
recitations in various activities. In 1953 -- he was
taken in as a member of the Yiddish Actors Union. He
acted in the refugee theatre, under the direction of
David Licht in Sholem Aleichem's "Dos farkhishufte
shneyderl", from time to time he acted together with
union actors in a repertory in Boston, Montreal and
Philadelphia. In 1955 -- he performed as "Nekhumsche"
in "Yoshe Kalb" with Maurice Schwartz and "Shlomele"
in Asch's "Kiddush Hashem".
R. then organized with
the actors Norbert Horowitz and Zishe Gold the "New
Theatre", where "Parnusseh" was staged. In 1958-59
-- he acted in the cooperative troupe (directors
Sheftel Zak and Max Bozyk) in the play "Di ershte
shvalb" by the Israeli playwright I. Yash, "A shpiel
farn teyvl (A Play for the Devil)" by I. Bashevis
(Director -- Jonas Turkow), and he performed from
time to time in the "Forverts (Forward) programs" on
R. is a collaborator on
the "Great Dictionary of the Yiddish Language".
M. Tsh--ny -- Men
hot gezegnt a khbr ... "Neye yidishe tseytung",
Munich, 23 December 1950.
Dr. N. Swerdlin
-- Beym farhang, "Tog", N. Y., 10 February 1951.
A. Leyeles --
Velt un vort, "Tog", 10 March 1951.
-- "Yidish teater fun der sharis hplith" -- "Fun
noentn ebr", New York, 1955, pp. 119, 125, 130,
131, 132, 133, 143.