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 6 January 1886 in
Odessa, Ukraine. Father -- a small dealer. He was raised
by his grandfather in Praga, Warsaw. He learned in a
cheder, and Russian and Polish with a private teacher.
In 1903 he began to act in "prima donna" roles in Warsaw
with an amateur group (the actors-to-be: Moshe
Silberkasten, Menasha Skulnik, David Keyzerovitsh, Sh.
Z. Shidlover, Yablonski, David Greenstein), who used to
perform in private houses for various simchas.
The repertoire of the group consisted of "Kaptsnzon un
Hungerman" by Goldfaden, and "Der treyfniak (The
Heretic)" by Shomer.
In October 1904 W. was
arrested as a Bundist and imprisoned for eleven months
in Aleksandrovsk fortress.
In 1906 the group invited
the actor Julius Oskar to stage direct the play "Uriel
Acosta", which for Passover 1906 was staged in Warsaw's
Muranov Theatre. Since that production, the amateur
group became a professional troupe with Oskar as the
stage director and main actor.
In 1907 W. was engaged for
Kompaneyets and Rappel for the Muranow Theatre in
Warsaw. In 1909 W. acted with A. R. Kaminski across the
Polish province, and in 1912 with Mishurat's troupe
1914 -- arrived in America
and became stage director in the "United Dramatic End
Musical Club", and then stage directed in other amateur
In 1922 W. acted in
Littman's National Theatre in Toronto, Canada, 1923 --
in the Circuit Theatre in Detroit, 1926-28 -- in Los
Angeles (with Sam Auerbach and Boris Thomashefsky), 1929
-- in New York's [non-union] McKinley Theatre.
W. also writes "lyrics" for
Specialty: character roles.
Sh. E. from
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 727.
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