Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Yankev Tsibulevsky

Born in 1902 in the town Zhivatov, Kiev region, Ukraine. Received a traditional Jewish education, so that until the age of fifteen Ts. only learned Gemora and the holy tongue. Then he was removed from this education and entered into a gymnasium. Completing the middle school, he was not successful due to the outbreak of pogroms in 1918.

In 1919 Ts. fled to Vinnitsa, and here entered into work in a leather plant, at the same time as an extern, envisaged his studies in a middle school. In 1923 Ts. entered into the Kiev Chemical Pharmaceutical Institute. On the eve of the completion of the fourth course (1925), he came into contact with a Yiddish teacher and writer Shm. Briansky, who organized a drama studio with which he directed. The work in the studio thus so captured Ts, that he said it took him completely away from his diploma work at the Institute, and he went completely over to the studio.

In 1929 Ts. went into the studio of Moscow's Jewish State Theatre, which he completed in 1931, and he soon became then a member in "Mim"t", where he worked in two fields: as an actor and as an assistant theatre director. In the span of the years 1931-1945, Ts. acted in the role of:

  • "Rosov" in Dobrushin's and Nisinov's play "Spets"

  • "Dem zeygermakher" in Bergelson's "Midas hdin"

  • "Dem zeyden avraham ovadias" in Markish's "Mishpakha ovadias"

  • "Dem mshrs kheymke" in Sholem Aleichem's "Mazel Tov"

  • "Mendl" in Markish's "Moltsayt"

  • "Efrayim shadkhan" in Sholem Aleichem's "Tuviya der milkhiger"

  • "Beni Gorgl" in Sholem Aleichem's "Blondzhende shtern" (dramatized by Y. Dobrushin)

  • "Dem shadkhan" in Goldfaden's "Tsvay kuni lemel", and

  • "Dem lts" in Shakespeare's "King Lear", et al.

According to the view of Shlomo Michoels, Ts. ambultstn zikh shown himself to be such a good character actor  in the role of "Zeygermakher" in Bergelson's "Midas hdin", in the role of "Kyure" in vaudeville's "Milyoner, dantist un kbtsn" by Labish, as well as "Lts" ("King Lear"), and as "Shadkhan" ("Tuviya der milkhiger"), "Showed him as a good analyzer. The detail that he gives to a role, was always very treflekh", and "that regarded his directorial work -- says Michoels -- tended to give me great hope".

Further information about his fate is unknown.

Sh. E. from Y. Lyubomirski.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 7, page 6234.

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