Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
Born in April 1869 in Iasi, Rumania, to
poor, Orthodox parents. At the age of seven he sang with a cantor.
Remaining a [round=keylekhdiker] orphan
and possessing a beautiful voice, S. entered into the chorus of a
Yiddish theatre, where he acted in children's roles. His first role
as an adult was "Binyamin" in Goldfaden's "Podriatshik" and since
then he has acted in comical roles, especially women's roles.
During the first years he acted with
various troupes in Rumania under the the worse material
circumstances and then the [stubborness=ekshnutdik] not [opgetrotn]
of Yiddish theatre.
From Rumania S. traveled with a Yiddish
troupe across Bulgaria, Hungary and Austria.
In 1901 he came to America and began to
act in New York's Variety Eldorado. Later he became a member in the
Actor's Union and acted first in comical legitimate Yiddish theatre
across America and Canada. He also was for one-and-a-half years the
director of a Yiddish troupe in Cleveland.
In 1930-31 he was engaged as a stage
manager and episodic actor in the Bronx's Prospect Theatre. In
1931-32 he was in Canada, and in 1932-33 he was in Philadelphia's
Arch Street Theatre.
S. had written many theatrical songs,
which most of the time he used to sing by himself. Being after in
Rumania, he had translated the one-acter "Di royte hoyzn", which was
later performed in the Yiddish vaudeville houses.
S. is unique in the world of the Yiddish
actors with his humoristic letters, with which he describes the
condition of the Yiddish theatres.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 2, page 1435.
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