Born approximately in
1866 in Bialystok, Poland, Wilensky’s parents were
merchants who gave their son Bernard a traditional
Jewish education. His teacher was Sh. Yanovsky.
Wilensky traveled to
London and became an actor in the Yiddish theatre
there. Due to the fact that he could both read and
write Yiddish so well, Adler hired him as a
After his marriage in
Warsaw to the actress Mary Katz, Wilensky traveled
to America where he worked as a prompter in leading
Yiddish theatres. Moreover, he proof read and edited
plays at the People’s Theatre and also took part in
directing some occasional plays.
Wilensky wrote “Mary the
Shoemaker” (Meri di shusterke), a loosely
rewritten work based upon the German farce “Three
Pairs of Shoes”. This was performed at the Thalia
Theatre starring Mary Wilensky and Moshkovitsh as
leading actors. Later he presented the play “The
Smart Woman” (Di kluge froy”) in Europe (a
remake of Fuldes “Twin Sisters”) which was staged in
the Thalia Theatre with Mary Wilensky, Moshkovitsh
and Mogulesko in the starring roles.
Yankev Gordin dedicated
a special article in his writings to Wilensky.
Wilensky died on April
23, 1922 in New York City.
Mary Wilensky - Memoirs.
Yankev Gordin -Thoughts about a Prompter (Alle
Shriften), New York 1910 4 Volume, pages 172-175.