assistance of the
workers' institute, socialist party, and
Workmen's Circle. ...the main activist and actor
for the "Guild" all were intelligent and
seriously given over to Yiddish performance. ...
the "Drama Guild" of the Labor Institute, from
time to time the troupe read in other ways, and
in small towns around Philadelphia."
On 29 January 1928
the "Drama Guild" under the direction of H.,
staged "Der zeyger vos hot geshlogn 13," a
folk-comedy by Avraham Hochberg, and "Gelt," a
social drama by Michael Gold, translated by
On 16 December 1928
H. directed in "Muz. Hol" in Atlantic City the
one-acter "Hercules" by Bell, "Dos eybike lid"
by Arnstein, and "Zayn ershter kleyent" by I.
On 9 March 1930, H.
directed with the "Guild" in Atlantic City
Gottesfeld's "Income (Parnuse)" which on 22 March 1931
was staged in Reading, Pennsylvania. On 27 April
1930 he directed in the Jewish Center in
Philadelphia Gottesfeld's "Di naye almanah"
[likely "Parnuse."] On 12 June 1932 he directed
in Philadelphia's "Labor Institute" Nadir's "Moshiakh,"
Michael Gold's "Gelt" and Deyksel's "Shlofloze
Tirkel recalls that
the "Drama League," whose task was to be
involved with the better Yiddish drama among the
Jewish working masses, began to "undermine"
through the staging of plays in English. One of
them was the play, "Rest Rust," a Soviet play by
V. Kirchon and A. Ouspensky. The play was
translated into English by Virginia and Frank
Vernon, and in 1926 [1929-ed.] was staged
in New York. The press remarked that the play
was Communist propaganda, and should be banned.
H. decided to make his own translation, closer
to the original, as it was played, and he had
the play in his translation, staged on 17
October 1930 in Philadelphia's Institute, and he
played the role of "Lukitsh."
On 20 August 1936,
H. passed away at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester
and was brought to his eternal rest at
Montefiore Cemetery in Philadelphia.
About H.'s children,
one, a daughter, is a nationally famous child
photographer, and a son, a painter and a writer
of English books for children.
from his brother Jack Hoben.
David Ber Terkel -- "Di
yungtlekhe bine," Philadelphia, 1940, pp.
41, 42, 55, 85, 87, 89, 190.