Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
10 April 1882 in Sekareny, Bessarabia. His father was an
Orthodox tobacco merchant.
in a cheder and, for a short while, in a yeshiva. He
sang with the cantor. When
he was thirteen the family moved to America. Here he
studied at night school and by day worked with fur
he became a “theatre patriot” and co-founder of the
Goldfaden Union and then the David Kessler Drama
Society in which he also performed. In
1906, with professional actors, W. played “Meir” in Orzeszkowa’s
“Meir ezofowicz”. Later he toured the province directed
by Ivan Abramson and played with Feinman in
Philadelphia. Because he refused to be a strikebreaker
at the Peoples’ Theatre, he was accepted for a trial
period at the actors union which had just been formed,
and he ended up as member in fifteen executive
[committees] and was at one time vice-president.
acted for eight years at Grand Street Theatre with
Adler, then for five years with Thomashefsky at the
People’s Theatre, eight years with Kessler playing the
repertoire of Gordin, Kobrin and Libin, three years with
Satz at the Irving Place Theatre, in 1927-28 with Anshel Schorr at the Liberty Theatre and in 1928-30 at
the Rolland Theatre.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 730.
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