Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
Volume 8

MORE SHORT BIOGRAPHIES CREATED FOR A NEW ONLINE VOLUME
OF ZALMEN ZYLBERCWEIG'S " LEXICON OF THE yIDDISH THEATRE"

 

Sassi Keshet

 

Sassi was born in Kibbutz Glil Yam. He began his artistic career as a singer in the Nachal Troupe. After the army he joined the Pikkud Diezengoff Troupe.

With the passing years he met with dizzying success, receiving many prizes. He recorded discs, appeared in various festivals; on television ("3,4,5 and a Half," "Pick Up," "Lala Land," and more); in many films ("Nurit," "The Troupe," and more), and in a long series of musicals and operas where his many talents as a singer, actor and dancer found expression.

He appeared in many plays and musicals at the Habima, the Cameri, Beit Lessin, Mishkan Omnuyot Habama, Gesher and in the Commercial Theatre; also, in many renown opera houses in Israel and abroad, among them the Prague Municipal Opera in the opera "Dorian Grey." He participated in musical productions with the Talin Cameri Orchestra, the Haifa Symphonic Orchestra, as well as those of Raanana and Tel Aviv. With his wife, actress Yona Elian, he presented a joint show, "Nostalgia is Not What it Once Was," and appeared in a solo program, "Sasi Me'ever La Keshet," devoted to the great musicals.

His first appearance in Yiddish was in the role of the cantor Yoel David in Yiddishspiel's successful musical, "The Cantor of Vilna," and so began to learn Yiddish, a language he heard in his parents' home but did not understand.

 

Since then he also appeared in Yiddishspiel's "The Journeys of Benyamin the Third," and "20 Until 120."

Currently he has produced an album called "Open the Gate for Me," containing cantorial numbers and liturgical poems in the Ashkenazi tradition. According to him, some of the inspiration for this disc came from his role in "The Cantor of Vilna." 
 

Sh. E. from the Yiddishpiel.


 

 

 

 


 

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