Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
Z. was born on 15 May 1866 in Vilna, Polish Lithuania. He received a traditional
Jewish education, and for a certain time attended the
local real school, then went away to Paris, where he
heard lectures at the Sorbonne. In his early youth he
debuted in "HaMelits" and "HaTzfirah".
In 1887 he went away to London and there began to write
Yiddish. Later Z. immigrated to America and settled in
Chicago, where for the first time he encountered the
Movement. Here he finished the Jewish facultat and was
active as an advocate. For a certain time he also was a
Z. was associated with
various periodical editions and is today an editor for
"Der idisher kurier" in Chicago.
In 1891 Z.'s melodrama
"Shimshen hagiber (Samson, the Hero)" was staged in 1895
by Thomashefsky and Adler (music by Herman Fidler). In 1912 Schildkraut staged
Z.'s play "Zalmen trubador", and in 1926 had the Vilna
Troupe perform Z.'s play "Der biterer tropn" in Chicago.
Z. Reyzen -- Lexicon of
Yiddish Literature, Vol. I, pp. 1028-9.
B. Gorin -- History of Yiddish Theatre, [list of plays].
Bessie Thomashefsky -- "The Story of my Life", p. 145.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 744.
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