Front Street Theatre in
Baltimore, where they played for a season. S. then went
to London, where he acted for a long time and directed
for the first time in Europe Gordin's "The Jewish King
From London S. became
engaged to Paris and then for the Bucharest Jignitsa,
where he directed "The Jewish King Lear" with Kalich as
"Toybele". From there S. went over to Goldfaden's troupe
in Iasi and performed as "Avraham" in Goldfaden's "the
Sacrifice of Isaac" ("Sarah" -- Malvina Lobel, "Yitzhak"
-- Goldie Shapiro), and then was engaged as an actor and
theatre director for Lemberg and Gimpel, acting for a
short time in Budapest, and with Abraham Akselrad in
Romania, and again in Bucharest's Jignitsa with
Segalesco. There Z. opened (together with his future
wife, Liza Rozenblum, with her father and Lazer
Tsukerman) a Yiddish vaudeville theatre, which existed
for a year and organized then an itinerant troupe across
Romania, in which Mogulesco guest-starred when he
visited Europe. After Mogulesco's return trip to
America, the troupe went away to Constantinople, from
where S. with his family traveled to Cairo and were
taken in to play in a local Yiddish troupe. S. also
tried to play Yiddish theatre in the Land of Israel, but
due to the disturbances of the local Jewish
representative, he had to be satisfied with a concert of
Now Z. turned back to
Europe, migrated about for a short time until he united
with Chona Wolfshtat and Yitzhak Auerbach in Budapest
and acted there for a season. Then S. went over to the
Thalia Theatre in Berlin, and under the initiative of
Prof. Live(?) of the German opera, he began to study
music, but soon he became through Horowitz engaged for
the Windsor Theatre in New York, where he performed as
"Bar kochba". The coming season S. acted in Chicago
with Glickman, then managed a theatre by himself in
Chicago, then the Hub Theatre in Boston (for two seasons together
with Joseph Lateiner and Louis Gottlieb), and then
companies across the province. Later S. directed with
the Third Street Theatre in New York, and a season with
a theatre on 110th Street and 5th Avenue, the summer
guest-starring in Poland and Russia (Warsaw, Lodz,
Odessa), and then in Argentina, and after returning to
America he again toured across the province and acted in
theatre on the Roof Garden in the Second Avenue Theatre.
1924-25 -- S. acted across
1926 -- with Thomashefsky in
Summer 1927 --
guest-starring with his wife in Paris and in Berlin, and
in the winter season he acted in the Bronx's McKinley
1928 -- guest-starred in
Europe and toured across Poland with his own troupe.
S. staged many plays, which
he had specially [in his name] adapted for his troupes.
B. Gorin --
"History of Yiddish Theatre", Vo. II, pp. 150,
Y. Uger --
Shylock, "Lodz", "Der tog", N. Y., 1 July 1925.
-- "Yidish teater", Bialystok, 1921, Vol. II,
Berta Kalich --
(Memoirs), "Der tog", N. Y., 1 July 1925.
-- "Teater un drame", Vol. I, pp. 129-33.
Jacob Silbert --
Yidish teater in yerushalayim, "Teater-zikhrunut",
editor Z. Zylbercweig, Vilna, 1928, pp. 32-38).