Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
(David Leib Zeidenwerg)
on 4 July 1896 in Tarnopol, Galicia. His parents
merchants. He studied at a cheder and two years at a normal
1904 the family went to America. In New York he
graduated from a public school and studied for three years
in high school. He joined a literary drama club (on 238
East Broadway) appearing in recitations. In 1912 he
debuted at the club, as “Chaikel” in Hirshbein’s “Lonely
Worlds”. Later he acted there in other plays as
well. After the club closed down due to financial
difficulties, S. appeared in literary evenings again and
set up a new club with Ben-Ami as stage director. In
1918 S. participated (not as a professional) in
Schwartz’s plays at the Irving Palace Theatre. Only in
1920 did he play professionally at the Art Theatre
(Schnitzer's). In 1921 he participated in the English
production of Hirshbein’s “The Idle Inn”. From 1921-25
he acted at the Yiddish Art Theatre and also
participated in the troupe’s European tour and in Sackler’s film “Yizkor”. In 1925-26 S. acted with
Hollander in Montreal, in 1926-27 with Julius Nathanson
in Boston, was accepted as union member, and then from
1927-28 played with Glickman and Michalesko in Chicago.
From 1928-29 S. played at the Brownsville Lyric Theatre,
and in 1929-30 he played in Boston.
Jacob Mestel – Who are the artists of New York’s Yiddish
Art Theatre?, “Die zeyt”, London, April 1924.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 771.
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