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
 

Yosef Zhitomirski


On the 22 November 1935 in Philadelphia's Arch Street Theatre, the local "Art Corner (Kunst-vinkl)", Z.'s play "Der kamf" in three acts, directed by William Sperling, was performed with the participation of the author.

Ber Turkel wrote about the production:

"The very last act of the 'Art Corner' was the execution of a play with the name of "Der kamf", written by a member, Yosef Zhitomirski, was performed....on 22 November 1935. On these evenings, due to bad weather, only a hundred people came.

"Der kamf" was also supposed to be performed o the second evening, 23 November, but due to the same reason, the doors of the theatre remained shut.

Thus, the "Art Corner" had the privilege of being the last troupe that performed a Yiddish play at the Arch Street Theatre.

In several new....about the First Street Theatre, which was the home of a successful Yiddish theatre for ten years, was torn down in order to create a place for an open air garden."

Turkel, in his book "Di yungtlekhe bine (The Youthful Stage)", pp. 75-81, the exact contents of the play.

  • Dov Ber Turkel -- "Di yungtlekhe bine (The Youthful Stage)", Philadelphia, 1940, pp. 52, 75-81.


 

 

 

 


 

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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 4, page2688.
 

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