Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
Born on 1 July 1892 in
Warsaw, Poland. Father -- an employee in a mill. He
learned in a cheder, in a Talmud Torah, then with a
teacher. He sang as a choir boy in Nozyk's synagogue. He
attended the Yiddish theatre and thus became excited
about it, so that he entered as a stand-in for Kaminski
and Kompaneyets. However, soon he assembled the
stand-ins and they copied the actors (at first in
private houses in Warsaw, then they toured across the
province), and in this fashion W debuted in the role of
"De Silva" in "Uriel Akosta." W. began to act
professionally in the troupe of Zhitomirski and later
went over to the troupes of Sam Adler and Meerson,
Becker et al.
1910 -- arrived in America,
and here he acted in vaudeville with Aged in New York,
then in the province. 1911 -- joined Local 5, where he
later became an Executive member. 1913 -- acted for a
season in legitimate theatre with Lillian, and at
the end of the same year -- vaudeville in Detroit.
Summer 1914 -- vaudeville in Cleveland, Winter 1914 and
the 1915 season -- legitimate theatre, together with
Esther and Saul Wallerstein, 1916-1918 -- together with
Wallerstein founded the "Wallerstein and Weinberg Globe
Theatre", then settled in Detroit and retired from the
W. founded the journal "Der
veg" (at first as a weekly page, then published as a
daily newspaper in Detroit.)
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 680.
There is a later "Lexicon" biography, which is found in Vol. 6, which you can
read by clicking here.
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