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
 

Sam Schwartz

 

Born on 15 February 1888 in Motele (Motol), Pinsk region, White Russia. He moved over to Pinsk, where he received a traditional Jewish education, and then in Motele taught others to write Yiddish. He was affected by Goldfaden's "Shulamis" in Pinsk, and there developed in him a desire for theatre, and with a children's troupe staged a Purimshpiele, acting in the role of "Mordecai".

In 1903 he arrived in America and soon became a member in the "Hebrew Dramatic Club", and later he organized, together with Louis Goldstein, a troupe with G. as the main actor, and sh. as prompter.

In 1907 he helped with, in the strike of the Yiddish vaudeville Local 5, spreading calls about a strike and then became the "sketch" writer and prompter in Shneur's vaudeville house (among the actors: "Der blinder fisher", Ida Kremer and the "Brooklyn Goldberg"), later in the vaudeville troupe with Mr. and Mrs. Atlas, Sam Morgenbesser, Saltshe Schorr, Dave Shepkin, and then in the Plaza Theatre (together with Sam Morris, Ida Fein, Berta Gerstein, Tillie Rabinowitz).

In 1913, Sh. held up returning to the theatre and began to work in women's clothing. In 1921 he opened a business of tsudatn men's clothing on Second Avenue, so that he could be near the Yiddish theatres, closing the business later, returning to the theatre and entering into the McKinley Square Theatre (Louis Kremer and Rose Wallerstein). 1928-29 -- in the same theatre with Leon

 

Schechter and Max Lasky in legitimate theatre. 1933-34 -- prompter in the Bronx Art Theatre, during the productions of Nathan and Rose Goldberg and Chana Hollander, then across the province with various troupes, and as a prompter with Herman Yablokoff.

Sh. is a member of the Yiddish Actors Union.
 

Sh. E. from Mordecai Yachson.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2263.
 

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