Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Ayzik Feder

Born in 1897 in Iasi, Romania, into a poor family. Due to the strong poverty in his home, he became an errand boy at the age of ten, a theatre property manager and stage worker in the troupe of Adolph Segal, getting paid for all this twenty-five ban a day, beyond fetch. After two years he went over to director Ashkenazi. Because of this, he would cut out pieces of theatre clothing, and from that make things for the choristers, and he was removed by Ashkenazi, but out of need he soon returned to him, where he suffered much misery.

In his autobiography there were many episodes, among them the following:

"Once we were traveling from Iasi to Vaslui. I was exhausted, and I had a lot of packages, God forbid not mine, and among the packages was a chest with ten wigs. I was greatly annoyed, because I had worked very hard for an entire day, and as I left the train I forgot the chest with the wigs, that it is being brought to the production. The wigs are not here...Well, well, imagine how many slaps I received at that time, and what I had to withstand...

In summary, he [the director] does not want to know, but it is time to bring the wigs. I don't have any (own) money and never have. The prompter Yashe Ettinger was merciful to us, and he gave us several leu, which had only was sufficient to travel several kilometers, I decided to go on foot. I went twenty verst until I am arrived at the Tekutsh station, and there I found, at the main .


station, the chest of wigs. That I am returning exhausted, a hungry person, the director gave me a present of two francs, and a pair of torn boots"...

When the troupe disbanded, F. went off to Iasi under the direction of Motye Leybovitsh, later with Gimpel, then went over to Ashkenazi and Laresko, until the outbreak of the First World War, when it was forbidden to play in Yiddish. After the Bolshevik Revolution he traveled, together with Ashkenazi and Laresko, to Russian, and shortly thereafter he became independent. From 1917 until 1930 he wandered about with various provincial troupes across Russia, and then was appointed as director of a Soviet Workers' Theatre in Chmelnik.

His further fate is unknown.

Sh. E. from  Mark Leyptsiger.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 6, page 4951.

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