Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Robert Falk

Born in 1886 in Moscow, Russia. Father -- a jurist. His father's family, which years earlier lived in Libove, came from Holland, and his mother's family descended from the Vilna Gaon.

He was raised in a completely assimilated environment, where he spoke only Russian and German. F. studied in the Moscow Petropalvosk real school, and there he learned painting and playing the piano.

From 1905 to 1909 he also studied in a school of sculpture, architecture and painting, especially under the teachers Simov, Karovin and Pasternak.

F.'s debut in theatrical stage scenery was in the production of an independent theatrical evening with the Moscow Yiddish gbirim-aristocrats, which however, due to a conflict among both tsdim, was not staged.

In 1913, F., together with a Russian artist Konchalovsky, did the stage scenery for the production of Mozart's play, "Don Juan" (staged in Zimin's operetta in Moscow), and in the same theatre, participated in Konchalovsky's production of the opera "Di teg fun unzer lebn" (according to Andreyev's text).

In 1922 F. was associated with the "Moscow Jewish State Theatre", and after two years worked ....he made tens of markets and hundreds of businesses for Granovsky's production of Peretz's "Night at the Old Marketplace". In 1927 he cast for the same theatre the stage scenery for Granovsky's production of Mendele's "The Travels of Benjamin III".

F. also did the stage scenery for the "Habima" , for Richard Ber Hoffman's "Jacob's Dream" (1925, Moscow, under the direction of K. S. Stanislowski and B. M. Suskevitsh), and to Gutzkov's "Uriel Acosta" (1930).

In 1939 the "Moscow Yiddish Theatrical Technikum" staged, under the direction of Azarkh, Sholem Aleichem's "Blondzhene shtern" with F.'s stage scenery.

In 1940, F. drew the stage scenery to Galdan's "Ligner" in the theatre with the name fun "moskver sovet" (director: Sh. Margolin), and to "Shlmo meyman", in the "Moscow Jewish State Theatre" (director Sh. Mikhoels).

In 1941 the "Moscow Jewish State Theatre" staged, under the direction of Nakhum Loyter, "Der far'khshuf'ter-shneyder", according to Sholem Aleichem, with F.'s stage scenery.

Sh. E. by Yehoshua Lyubomirsky.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 3, page 2206.

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