Poltava Gubernia). In the
summer of 1909 he entered into the "Hirshbein
troupe" as an actor and assistant stage director, but
due to military service he was forced to interrupt his
In 1912 P. participated in
Lodz and later in a tour across Russia, in the Hebrew
productions of the "Habima HaIvrit", under the direction
of Itzhak Katzenelson in Gutskov's "Uriel Acosta",
Herzl's "Dos neye geto (The New Ghetto)", and
Katzenelson's "Mekhirat yosef (The Sale of Joseph)".
Then he acted in the Yiddish troupes of Sam Adler,
Genfer and Lipovski. 1915 -- with Lipovski's troupe in
Kharbin, 1916 -- returned to Russia and acted with
Zhitomirsky in Moscow.
After the February
Revolution in 1917, P. participated in the founding of
the artist's union, and he became active as a member of
the management. Later he founded a few theatre studios
in several cities of Poltava Gubernia, and after the
passing of his wife, Viera Podolska, he organized in
Zinovievsk (Yelizavetgrad) a state dramatic theatre
which disbanded in 1921. After P. acted in Moscow and
Leningrad, and in 1924 with Libert and Rakitin. 1925
together with Grinshteyn and Antsharov -- founded the "Amkho"
troupe, with which he acted also acting in a directed
collective, and in the span of three years time, across
many cities of the Ukraine. 1928 -- together with his
wife Genia Shalit -- toured across Russia with
guest-starring Julius Adler. 1929 -- he acted in
the theatre of small forms "Gezkult", and then he moved
across to Kiev into the state pedagogical, educational
theatre for children "Tyug".
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