Levy was an American lawyer.
when Drojavich and Rosengarten brought Mogulesko’s troop
to the U.S., a disagreement broke out among Feinman,
Kessler, Edelstein and others about where they should
perform. The directors wanted the actors to go on tour
to smaller cities, like Chicago, but the actors
disagreed and wanted to remain in New York.
Gorin wrote, “Although it was unusual for actors to
breach their contracts, it was surprising that the
‘green’ American troupe was afraid to do such a thing,
when it was hard to find actors. It was much easier at
that time to find people who wanted to be company
them, named Schreiber, who had a cafeteria in the Jewish
quarter in New York, brought into Mogulesko’s company
the lawyer Levy, the glass handler Roth, and the realtor
Goldman. Levy was given the responsibility of finding a
suitable theatre and collecting the necessary funds.
attorney among the directors, the young company felt
confident enough to break its contract with the Chicago
directors. However, the Chicago directors did not remain
silent, and when Mogulesko and his company refused to go
on tour, the directors sought an injunction preventing
them from performing in New York. The company remained
idle during the trial, but when the injunction was not
granted, the company remained in New York.
Roth, and Goldman began to search for a theatre and soon
rented the National Theatre in the Bowery area of New
York. They paid $20,000 in rent and changed the name to
the Rumanian Opera House.
According to the attorney Sarason, during the six months
when Levy led the theatre, he had a huge deficit and
therefore, he withdrew from the theatre and returned to
being a lawyer.
M. E. from Adv.
B. Gorin -- "Di Geshikhte
fun idishn teater (The History of the Yiddish
Theatre)", Vol. II, pp. 40-41.