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
 

Aaron Soffe
(Soffa)
 

 

Born in April 1873 in Warsaw, Poland. His father was a Chasid, an owner of a [tsigelnye]. Until the age of twelve he learned with a rabbi at home, and due to material conditions he became a worker in Poliakevitsh's paper factory, and he sung with his father at the shtiebl (small synagogue). Afterwards he changed his work and was now a worker in a cigar factory in Lublin and then sang for a year with the city cantor. He immigrated to America, and S. worked in a cigar factory, entering into the "Young Dramatic Worker's [Tsuntershtitsungs] Club" (members: Yonah Ginzburg, B. Young, Leon Blank, Nakhamkos) and he acted as "Yosef" in Thomashefsky's "Di khlutsh." After acting for three years with "amateurs," S. was engaged in a troupe in New York, where he acted for one-and-a-half seasons.

After wandering around for several years across the province, S. opened a coffee house in New York for actors, but he later came to act in vaudeville houses, became business manager of Local 5 and acted afterwards in Cleveland (two seasons), in Detroit, St. Louis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Irving Place Theatre in New York, the Lyric in Brooklyn, in Newark, and in 1932-33 in Detroit.

S. is a character actor and stage manager.

His daughter, Mildred Block, also acts on the Yiddish stage, and his son is an organist.


M. E.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1455.
 

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