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
 

Sholom Tanin
(Tankus)
 

 

T. was born on 12 October 1892 in Grodno, Polish Lithuania. His father was a construction worker. He learned in the cheder and completed the Grodno middle school. After school he participated in the Russian productions.

At the age of seventeen, T. entered into the "Dramatic Union" in Kovno, which was under L. Kadison's direction, performing in Jacob Gordin's "Der meturef (The Worthless)". For six years T. acted as an "amateur". In 1915 he entered into the Vilna Troupe, with whom he acted across Poland and later across Western Europe.

In 1924 T. came to America with the Vilna Troupe, with which he acted until 1928. In 1928 he participated in folksong concerts. He arranged for the "Arbeter Ring". In 1928-9 he acted in Philadelphia's Casino Theatre (Manager Julius Nathanson), 1929 in the Vilna Troupe, a short time in Toronto, then in a concert tour in Texas and Toronto, then in 1931-32 in Montreal's Monument National Theatre.
 

M. E.

  • Z. Reyzen -- The History of the "Vilna Troupe", "Vilner zamel-bukh", Vilna, 1918, pp. 165-174.

  • "Di vilner in lodz" (zamelbukh), Lodz, March 1918.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 851.
 

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