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
 

    Iza Sherf
 

 

Born in 1913 in Czernowitz, Bukovina, S. studied painting with the famous painter Georg Levendahl. From 1934 on he exhibited various exhibitions of his paintings.

S. did the scenography for the Czernowitzer Folk Ensemble "Cameleon" (Directed by Simcha Schwarz, Abner Barak, and died in 1941 in Uzbekistan, and Meshulim Surkis).

S. from 1950 until 1963 was the most important scenographer of the Yiddish State Theatre in Iasi, Romania, where he made decorations and construction for many shows, such as "Toive der milicheker" ("Tevye the Milkman"), "200,000", "Beniamin hashlishi" ("Beniamin the Third"), "God, mentsh und teyfel" ("God, Man and the Devil", "Kishefmakherin", ("The Witch/Sorceress"), Ostrovski's "Nist tumid iz yom-tov" ("Not Always is a Holiday"), Moliere's "A doktor keigen zain vilen" ("A Doctor Against his Will"), Goldoni's "Mirandelina," and plays of contemporary Soviet and European dramaturgy.

S. is working lately with the Iasi opera and for the Yiddish Arbeiter-Theater in Bucharest (Sholem Aleichem and Chekov).

S. inspiration for his graphic is from his work in the theatre. Many of them are concerned with the Jewish dramaturgy ("Hershele ostropolier"), "Blondgende stern" ("Wandering Stars"), personages from Sholem Aleichem, Perez and Mendele, and also motives from Jewish folklore.

His last works are exhibited in the hall of the Yiddish State Theatre.
 

S. E. from Sh"S Roman.

I.k. - Wolksstimme", Warsaw, 9, 28 May, 1966. 


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 4892.
 

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