Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE yIDDISH THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1967
 

Melekh Hershkovitsh

He was born on 16 August 1891 in Lodz, Poland, to well-to-do parents.

He studied in Poznanski's school. In his early youth he attended the Yiddish theatre and thought in the home of the house of the actors[?]

Several years later H. was the leader of an amateur group with which he acted in the nearby communities.

During wartime H. put on for prisoners in a Hungarian prison Yiddish productions and after three years Horshpolvy Markus acted in Hungarian under the direction of Folgar Karol and later went around with a Hungarian provincial troupe as a guest star in the role of "Rabiner" in the war-piece "Lion-Leo."

He came to Vienna and played in the "Der fraye yidishe folksbine (The Free Jewish People's Theatre)" in Vienna and afterwards in Romania.

After a break, H. performed literary evenings and traveled with small troupes across Czechoslovakia.

Afterwards, he acted for a year in the Vienna Yiddish Theatre "Reklam."

 


H. wrote several plays of which "Di shtifmame" was performed on 1 August 1920 in the Hotel Beyerisher [hoyf], "Di tsores fun di yidn in galitsye,"  a timepiece in three acts, presented on the Rolland stage, on the 21st August 1921, "Di froy fun zibn mener," a drama in three acts, performed in the Yiddish Artists Cabaret (run by Max Streng) on 22 May 1926, and afterwards in several one-acters.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 637.

You can also read Melekh's newer biography in V. 5 of the "Lexicon."
 

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