In May 1931 he went to
Soviet Russia and there joined in the Kiev Jewish State
Theatre under the direction of Vershilov, where he acted
in an entire range of woman's roles in the plays: "Der
5-ter horizant," "Di poeme fun der hak," "Di dreyendike
fligl," "Naftali Botwin," "4 tog" and "Di gas fun freyd."
1933 -- returned to America
and further participated in the further work of "Artef,"
also traveling with a tour across America, and in 1934
and 1936 again acted in a serires of women's roles in
various plays and as "Der shneydersher gabbai" in
Reznik's "Recruits," in the role of "Rabinovitsh" in
Khaver-Paver's "Clinton Street," and as "Yosef Shmuel"
in Lev's "Di shniters."
For the 1938-39 season he
entered into the Yiddish division of the Federal theatre
in Massachusetts as regisseur and first role player, and
there directed "Dos groyse gevins (The Big Winner)" by
Sholem Aleichem, acting in the role of "Shimele soroker"
and, in English, Shakespeare's "Macbeth."
In the Second World War, W.
served three years in the American army, and there he
had, in the hospital for the soldiers and for the
"sisters" of the "Red Cross," he acted in English.
Returning from the army, W. was taken in as a member of
the Yiddish Actors Union.
W. for two seasons was
the dramatic director of the "Arbayter Ring (Workmen's
Circle) Camp," and four seasons in "Camp Boyberik," made sixteen tours with the Arbayter Ring and "Jewish
Center Lectures Bureau" across America and Canada, where
he directed through small-arts programs, and specialized
especially in declamations, recitations, monologues,
with and without makeup, especially in Gordin's "Clinton
Street," Peretz's "Der gilgl fun a nigun," Mendele's "Fishke
der krumer," Sholem Aleichem's "Milkhiks," Mercur's "Radiotn,"
and his adaptation (according to the Tunkler) "Der
In 1951 W., together with
Wolf Mercur, directed a tour across Colombia, Cuba and
Mexico. In 1955 he again performed (with Fraydele
Lipshitz) with a small-arts evening in Mexico and other
Latin American countries, and in 1961 he, by himself,
again performed with a small-arts evening in Mexico.
In 1962 W. directed through
such evenings, together with Celia Adler.
W. was also regisseur and
directed in the span of ten years the "third seder" of
the "Arbayter Ring" in New York, and also directed for
large spectacles for the National Fund.
"Tsen yor artef," New
York, 1937, pp. 51-52.
A. Y. Dubelman -- Mayn
kolum, "Havaner lebn," Havana, 11 August 1951.
M. Rubinstein -- A
yishr-khkh -- di artistn, "Di shtime," Mexico, 25
Dr. Yeshayahu Ustri-dn
-- Inmitnvokh, "Der veg," Mexico, 12 October 1955.
Inzh. A. Finkelstein --
An ovnt fun kinstlerishn genus, "Der veg," Mexico,
11 October 1955.
Sh. Sulkes -- In gang
fun vokh, "Di shtime," Mexico, 15 October 1955.
M. R. -- Ekht
teater-shpil, "Di shtime," Mexico, 29 October 1955.
Yitzhak Berliner --
Durkh di shoybn, "Der veg," Mexico, 5 November 1955.
Shmuel Sigal -- Mit dem
kinstler y. velitshansky iber shabes in a zumerikemp,
"Forward," Chicago, 1 August 1957.
N. S. -- Jewish Theatre
Popular as Ever, "The Jewish Post," March 3, 1960.
A. B. -- S'iz take geven
vos tsu hern!, "Dos idishe vort," Winnipeg, 4 March