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
 

Sammy Urich
(Shamai; Gedalyahu)
 

 

Born on 28 December 1882 in Lemberg, Eastern Galicia. His father was an employee in a manufacturing business, then he became independent. He learned in a cheder and in a yeshiva from R' Shmuel Kalish. He finished a folkshul, singing with Cantor Baruch Kinstman.

He worked as an employee in a manufacturing business, then he entered into Gimpel's chorus, touring for a year. In that time he also had small roles. Akselrad engaged him to come to Czernowitz, and in the 1902-3 season, he performed for the first time as "Talmi" in "Asha re (Bad Woman?)", then he traveled around across Germany with Yiddish theatre, entering into the Krakow Yiddish Theatre, which was under the direction of Ebel, later with Zelig Schorr, then with Tanentsap and then five years with Hermann across the Galician province.

During the war he began to act with Akselrad in Czernowitz, but he was conscripted into military service, and first in 1918, when he returned, he acted for two-and-a-half years in Krakow (Director Moses Jacob), further a year with B. Hart in Lemberg, six years with Emil Gimpel, across the province with Hart's troupe, and since January 1929 in Vienna with Yungvirt. In Autumn 1929, he arrived in America, and in November performed one time in the Second Avenue Theatre in "Dos yidishe harts (The Jewish Heart)".

His daughter Pearl, acts on the Yiddish stage.
 

M. E.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 44.
You can also read Sammy's amended biography in Volume 5 of the Lexicon.
 

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