Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Medel Teplitzky


He was born on 10 June 1866 in Odessa, Ukraine. His father was a grain merchant. As a child for ten years he worked in Nikolayev and a wine business. From here he used to also, come holiday, work as a singer of Yiddish songs, which he also used to perform in Yiddish vaudeville and during it at times he filled a role, at times he was given the role of a young woman.

In September 1885 he came to America. T. became associated with the Yiddish theatre as an actor and play producer. For a certain time he also had organized itinerant troupes.

In 1904-5 T. acted in New York with Adler at the Grand Theatre.

In 1905 he also acted for three months across America in English as "Rupinsky" in William Gorise's play "The Businessman", afterwards for three seasons in New York's People's Theatre (Edelstein and Thomashefsky), In 1915-16 in Brooklyn's Lyric Theatre; in 1916-17 in Brooklyn's Liberty Theatre and from 1918 to 1926 at the National Theatre with Thomashefsky.

He spent two years as a patient, in Los Angeles T. there performed in 1927 as "Shlomo huts" in Jacob Gordin's "Der umbakanter (The Unknown)". On 2 April 1929 he was in Chicago in Glickman's Palace Theatre as "Shmuel Ashkenazi", and on 11 March 1931 he was in the prologues of the same play on behalf of a benefit in New York.

 T. wrote several plays, from which "Der bankrot fun lebn" was performed on 24 October 1916 in Chicago's Empire Theatre.

T. also was a redaktsyonel mitgeholfn released several periodical issues of the Yiddish Actors Union in America, with whom he was for many years protocol-secretary.

In 1916 T. was secretary of the Yiddish theatre museum in New York.

On 2 September 1894 in Chicago for his benefit there was published a single issue of "Di yidishe teater velt", 4 pages ts'f.

In Chicago's journal "Shikage" (August-October 1931), T. began publishing his memoirs of the theatre.

M. E. and Sh. 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 887.

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