Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
Y. was born in 1893 in Riga,
Latvia. He attended the local city gymnasium, and under
the pseudonym "Sovsky", for the first time he performed
on 28 September 1909 as "Postmaster" in Gogol's "Revizor
(The Inspector General)" in Nezlobin's city theatre,
where he remained for the following season. In 1910-11
Y. acted in Bielayev's troupe in Vilna. In 1911-12 he
was with the same director in Grodno. In March 1912 Y.
acted for the first time in Yiddish in Shavaner's troupe
as "Vladimir" in Gordin's "Khasya di itumah (Chasia the
Orphan)". For several months he acted in the troupes of
Genfer, Lipovski and Kompaneyets across the cities and
towns of Kurland, Kovno and Vitebsk Gubernias. In the
summer of 1913 he acted in Lodz's circus under the
direction of Julius Adler and Lipovski. In the span of
that time he acted for the cinematographic company "Mintus"
in "Yeshiva bukher".
In 1914 Y. came to Toronto
(Canada) in their Yiddish theatre, and in the same
summer in Kessler's roof garden in New York, the
following season in Kessler's troupe in Chicago, then in
the province with Morris Morisson, Sara Adler, and after
two years as an actor and assistant director of the "Selznik
Moving Picture Company".
In 1918 Y. returned to the
Yiddish stage, and until 1922 was manager and director
of Baltimore's Lyric Theatre. In 1926 he acted with
Thomashefsky across the province, then with the Vilna
Troupe during their first tour across America. Since
October 1926 Y. has been the manager of a concert bureau
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 2, page 922.
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