Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
T. was born in 1889 in the
village Kvasev, Volin Gubernia, Poland, to a religious
He learned in a cheder in a
nearby village and then with a tutor in his home. He
came over with his family to Lutsk, where T. often
attended the circus and the guest-starring Yiddish
troupes and afterwards created in a [steel=shtal]
"theatre" for children. At the age of twelve he came to
work in a fashion store. Due to his mother's death he
traveled at the age of thirteen to Warsaw, where he
often attended the Yiddish theatre. Later he was taken
into the dramatic section of "Hazmir" under the
leadership of Milner and then, several years, together
with several youngsters, traveling from time to
time with "amateur" productions in the environs of
Warsaw. In 1911 he came to Lodz, and there he performed
in a vaudeville theatre and then was taken into the
provincial troupe under the leadership of Kuperman,
later in Yedvab's troupe, two years performing across
Russia with Sharavner's troupe and then across to Sam
Adler in Minsk.
In 1914 he acted in Pinsk.
Then in Warsaw with Shtrasfogel in he Venus Theatre, in
Kaminski's theatre with Tselmeyster and in the Central
Theatre. In 1921 T. participated in a tour of Kaminska's
troupe across Poland and Galicia and afterwards he acted
in Kaminski's theatre (leaders Moshe Lipman and Max Brin),
1922 -- he aced with "Vik"t" in Vilna across the
province and later in Warsaw.
In 1923 he came to
America, where he had for a certain time not acted
and then he entered into the Vilna (Troupe) on
Broadway, later he was with Thomashefsky in Bronx's
Prospect Theatre, with Michalesko in the province,
in 1924 with an itinerant troupe across the
province, and he had for a certain time not acted
and since 1928 was again with the Vilna Troupe.
In 1931-33 he was in the
Bronx's [non-union] Art Theatre.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 2, page 880.
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