Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
V. was born on 13 July 1893
in Volochisk, Volin.
He learned in a cheder, and
after as a child considered the [lyalkes: legales],
which he also used to act the [iridim] in the shtetl,
later he participated in the cheder-[mtukn] in the
Hebrew children's production honoring Hanukkah and Purim
and [nakhgemakht] the guest-starring Ukrainian actors.
At the age of twelve he gave Hebrew lessons and went
away to his grandfather in Alt-Konstantin, where he
participated in the "Young Culture Club" a. d. g.
In 1910 he performed in the
[ifuer] Hebrew gymnasium, and there participated in the
Hebrew amateur production as one of the directors of "Vedt
chkhzyunut", and also often performed in some
humoresques and with productions in Hebrew and Yiddish
He returned in 1914 to
Russia to his parents, where there V. was captured
during the war. Afterwards he went around in various
cities with some "ovntn", he went to Moscow, and went
around with the first [gegriniter] "Habima", where he
acted until 1923 (performing, etc., in "Dybuk" as "Tsadik"),
co-directing with Metshedelov in Pinski's "Eybiker yid";
assistant director with Vakhtangov in "Dybuk" and at the
same time was the director for the troupe "Khhufya".
In October 1923 V. made
a tour across Lettland (Latvia), Lithuania, Estonia
and the Land of Israel with several "ovntn", and in
April 1924 V. came to America, where he went around
several times with his programs. In 1925 he
performed with the "Unzer teater", and after the
theatre closed, V. went back again to "ovntn" across
Canada and America.
In 1925 V. also led
together with Alsberg Anski's "Dybuk", also English
at the Neighborhood Playhouse, and later with other
personnel in other states. In 1927 he founded
together with Chava Yoalit a theatre studio with
their name, which put on various offerings.
V. also together with
Yoalit composed the [masn-spiel: public play?] ""Di
khlutsim" (directed in 1927 in Newark), and "Dos
heymishe shtetl" (performed on 21 April 1928 in New
York's Mekatempl?) and adapted Ankh's drama "Di
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 348.
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