Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Zishe Gold


Born in 1907 in Dinivil, Podolia region, Russia. He received a traditional Jewish education, also Russian and studied later the Russian dramatic arts in Kiev.

Debuted on the Yiddish stage in Albert Segalesko's troupe, and at the end of the twentieth century arrived in Lemberg in Gimpel's troupe, where Sam Schilling and Malvina Yoles showed a special interest in him. Here disputed was also his first large role, "Shlomo Yonah" in Schorr's "Di rumanishe khasene", and he toured aross the province with the troupe of Shlomo Pryzament and Hirsh Hart, where he had the possibility to act in important roles in Peretz's " In polish oyf der kayt", Andreyev's "The Seven Who Were Hanged", and Anski's "Dybbuk" and "Day and Night", then he returned to act in Gimpel's in Lemberg.

G. traveled to Argentina, where he directed Sackler's "The Saint's Journey" and "Yizkor", and acted then with guest-starring Joseph Buloff as "Koymenkerer" in Dymov's "The Singer of his Sorrows", and the main character role s in Maurice Schwartz's offering of "Yoshe Kalb" and "God, Man and Devil" ("Leyzer badkhan"), founded, together with Willy Goldstein, the first stable Yiddish theatre in Uruguay, acting then again for two seasons in Buenos Aires, made several tours across the Argentinean province and Jewish colonies, in Chile and back to Buenos Aires.

In 194? G. settled in America, participating here in a range of productions, calling attention to himself from the Yiddish press for


his interpretation of "Melamde" in Bimko's "Dembers (Oaks)", made such tours across the country for the "Arbeter Ring (Workmen's Circle)", performing Sholem Aleichem's "Tuviya der milkhiger (Tevya the Milkman)", went to the land of Israel, where he stayed for a long time as the head of the local Yiddish troupe, returning to America, season 1962 acting in the "Roosevelt" Theatre during the guest-appearance of Max Perlman, 1963 -- acted with him in Canada and in Philadelphia.

 G. for an entire year was secretary of the Yiddish Actors Union in Argentina.

Sh. E.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 4, page 3640.

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