Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
Born on 12 December 1886
in Teplik, Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine.
His father was a cantor.
As a youth Z. sung with
the cantor Avrahamele Talner and Zeydl Rovner and
later with Yankl Siroker in Uman.
He left his parents at a
young age and went to London, and at the age of
seventeen he became the choir conductor for Cantor Lipshitz in the great Cannon Street Synagogue.
At the same time Z. sung
in the chorus in the afternoon Sabbath productions
of Yiddish theatre, later he acted in small roles.
His first role was "Der
vekhter" in Goldfaden's "Bar kochba" under
In 1906 he came to
America, S. joined up with Schwartz in
Philadelphia in the Columbia Theatre, and later he
played several seasons of vaudeville in New York.
In 1914 Z. acted in the
Lenox Theatre as an amateur; later he went over to
the Grand Theatre and National Theatre, where he
acted until 1930 as a character-actor.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 770.
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