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
 

Yonah Spivak
 

 

Born on 1 January 1886 in Zharnishtsh (Zhornishche), Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine. He received a Yiddish and secular education in Nemirov.

1907 -- immigrated to America, where he began his journalistic activity in the "Di varhayt", then worked in Chicago's "Idisher rekord", in the Hebrew weekly "Haumh", Chicago's "Der idisher kurier", "Di velt", "Der kunst-fraynd", and in the later years as editorial member in Chicago's "Forward".

In November 1919 in Chicago's Empire Theatre, there was staged S's drama in four acts "Dos naye lebn" (which on 20 March 1925 was staged in the translation, and under the direction of the author in Russian in Milwaukee).

In February 1920 in Chicago's Empire Theatre, there was staged his dramatization of George Eliot's novel "Daniel Deronda".

Around the same time, there was also staged his play "Oyfn dorf".

In 1932 in Vilna's Kletskin publishing house, there was published S.'s dramatization "R' Nachman Braslaver in geshtalt fun zeyn", from his "Meshh mit di zibn betlers", R. Nakḥman Braslaver. mit an araynfir vegn R. Nakhman Braslaver un zayne "Sipurey Mayses" fun Sh. Niger." [164 + 82 pp., 16].

S. also had in manuscript a dramatization of I. L. Peretz's "Monish".
 

M. E.

Sh. E. from Kalman Marmor.

  • Z. Reyzen -- "History of Yiddish Literature", Vol. II, pp. 690-91.

  • Hyman L. Meites -- "History of the Jews of Chicago", p. 362.

  • Philip P. Brenson -- R' nachman braslaver, "Chicago", Chicago, February-March 1932.

  • P. Wiernik -- Unzer fiel shprakhine literatur, "Morning Journal", N. Y., 10 April 1932.

  • Sh. Niger -- Di meshh mit ziben betler's, "Der tog", N. Y., 5 June 1932, "Frimorgn", Riga, 14 July 1932.

  • A. Ts. Ramanovsky -- "Di khsrunut fun der velt, "Di post", London, 2-23 September, 7 October 1932.

  • Hillel Rogoff -- "R' nachman braslaver un zeyne meshius", "Forward", N Y., 4 December 1932.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 1527.
 

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