Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


Anatol Winogradoff
(Naftali-Herts Glikman)


Born on 2 October 1890 in Berezna, Vilna Gubernia.

His parents were merchants.

He was educated in Kiev, and he learned in a Russian gymnasium.

Naftali had an inclination to the theatre, and in 1907, he did not come on the disturbance by the parents, he began to act in the Solovtsov theatre in Kiev, later graduating from a dramatic school in Kiev.

At the end of 1913 he left Russia due to the political climate, and he came to Paris. Here he studied Yiddish with Samuel Goldenburg and he performed for the first time under director Wallerstein and Axelrad in a small role in Gordin's "Elisha ben abuyah".

Until 1919 he acted in Paris (also for a short time in French). On the way to America he acted in 1920 in London.

During the 1920-1 season, he was with the "Dos naye yidishe teater" (Schnitzer) in New York.

During the 1921-2 season he began to play in the 14th Street Theatre in New York, but after several productions he left for a part with a troupe from Detroit and finished the season at the Irving Place Theatre with Kalich.

For the 1922-3 season he acted in the province; in 1923-4 he was already a member of the union and acting in the Yiddish Art Theatre.

During the 1924-5 season he acted in the Hopkinson Theatre, and from 1926-8 at the Irving Place Theatre (first with Satz, afterwards with Ben-Ami, and then with Kalich).

During the 1928-9 season, again he acted with the Yiddish Art Theatre where he assisted Glagolin with the production of "Othello".

In 1929-30 he was the main actor and composer in Montreal.

After W. was in Paris and London putting on his own translation of Ostrovsky's "Umshuldik-shuldike" under different names, and Heyermans' "The Ghetto".

In America he put on his drama by Dostoevsky's "The Idiot" (with Ben-Ami at the Irving Place Theatre), and his translation of Bernstein's "Israel" (with Baratov, under W.'s direction) at the Yiddish Art Theatre.

M. E.






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Translated from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 721.

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