Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
A. was born on 21 June 1897
in Dvinsk, Latvia. His father was a tailor. Until age
twelve he learned in a cheder and yeshiva, then until
age fifteen in a middle school. In 1907 he saw the
guest-starring Esther Rukhl Kaminska in Dvinsk, and
since then he began to strive for the theatre, organized
in school several productions, became an understudy in
Yiddish and Russian troupes, later fleeing with Guzik's
troupe for several months and came back as a
[replacement=entoysht], began then to work in dramas,
especially in Riga's "Evriya".
In 1917 A. came to Kharkov
where he took an active part in founding the Yiddish
Artists Union, and he helped with organizing the "Unzer
vinkl" theatre, in which he entered into to act, and he
participated at the same time in the theatre studio
under the direction of M. Rapelsky. In 1921 A. traveled
to Kovno and helped there with the creation of the
Yiddish theatre studio with [natsyonalrat], and later
with the "Kultur-lige (Culture League)". In October 1923
A. was called on by Rapelsky to Moscow to perform in the
State Yiddish Theatre Studio of White Russia, which in
1926 was transformed into the "Yiddish State Theatre of
V. S. S. R.", where A. until now was active as an actor.
From 1925-8 A. also was regisseur in dramas with the
worker clubs in Minsk and Homel, and also as a
regisseur-[lavarant] in "Vim"t" (White Russian Yiddish
A. had written several
articles about Yiddish theatre and published "Ristekratn
un mentshn", a dramatic composition in two acts and
eleven scenes, (from Sholem Aleichem), published by
Central [Rat] of the [profereynen] in White Russia,
Minsk 1929 [68 p., 24°]. The play had an
introduction by M. Rapelsky.
The play was staged by a
range of Yiddish troupes and by many Yiddish
dramatic circles by workers' clubs in [the Soviet
A. also had translated
Gabriela Zapolska's "Di zeyln fun moral".
Sh. -- Klubishe stsene, "Oktyabr",
Minsk, 14 March 1929.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 91.
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