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
 

Clara Segalowitch
(Borodino)

 

Born in 1896 in Kiev, Ukraine. Her father was a doctor, her mother a midwife. She completed a gymnasium in Tashkent and attended pedagogical courses.

In 1913 she settled with her mother and a sister in Tomaszow (Poland), where she participated in the productions of a dramatic circle with the local "Hazamir".

In 1922 she came to Warsaw, where she was soon taken into the Central Theatre and performed there in the main women's roles of Asch's "Motke ganef (Motke the Thief)" as "Mary", Gogol's "Revizor (The Inspector General)", Opatashu's "Heys blut" et al.

In Warsaw she married writer Z. Segalowitch, whose family name she took as her stage name, and after that became the wife of the shul director and journalist Sh. Mendelson.

After the closing of the Central Theatre, S. joined other dramatic troupes, and acting with Morevsky she created the role "Nekhamale" in Kacyzne's "Dukus".

In 1928 she acted for a half season in the Riga Yiddish Meutim Theatre (director -- Al. Stein), and since 1929 she has toured for a year-and-a-half with Stein's Vilna Troupe across Romania, Hungary and Czechoslovakia.

 

In 1930-31 she acted in "Vni't (Vim't?)" in Warsaw (in the role of "Esther" in Bergelson's "Der toyber"), later with Baratov, Menachem Rubin and Lidia Potocka in  the Novoshtshi Theatre (as "Marusya" in Babel's "Beni kenig", and as "Libele" in Goldfaden's "Kuni lemel").

In 1932 she was in Warsaw's Elizeum Theatre (director -- Dr. M. Weichert), where she acted in the role of "Clara" in Asch's "Reverend Zilber", as "Roza" in Gottesfeld's "Parnusah" and as "Yetta" in Leivick's "Di oreme mlukhah" ("Betler"). Then she toured with the same troupe across the Polish province and ended the season with Berta Gerstin in Lodz.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1508.
 

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