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
 

Marsela Vays
(Levin)
 

 

V. was born on 22 January 1896 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Her father was the journalist Zigmunt Levin, the founder of the Yiddish press and of the Yiddish theatre in Argentina.

She was educated in a Spanish school in Argentina.

At the age of four she immigrated with her family and began to act in the Yiddish theatre at the age of six as "Binyamin" in Lateiner's "Yosef mit di brider (Joseph With His Brothers)" and later other children's roles with the Gutentags.

At the age of twelve or thirteen, she became a professional actress and performed as "Shulamis" and "Chasya di yesoyme (Chasia the Orphan)."

In the span of her stage activity, during which she studied Yiddish, V. acted together with guest-stars Feinman, Fannie Epstein, Moshkovich, Bennie and Joseph Shoengold, Vaksman, Zaslavski, et al.

V. also acted on the Spanish stage in Argentina in dramas, comedies, revues and sung nationalistic Argentinean songs.

In 1915 and in 1928-9 V. guest-starred in Brazil, and in 1927 in Chile.

She was especially popular in Argentina and Brazil in her role as Nikodim's comedy "Dos reshtl" (performed in Yiddish and Spanish).

In 1929 V. acted in the Olympia Theatre in Buenos Aires, as a partner of the guest performer Samberg.


Sh. E. from Jacob Botoshansky.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 685.
 

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