Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
I. was born in 1892 in
Zgierz (Zgerzh), Poland. His parents were small
manufacturers. He learned in cheders and then in a
Belchatow yeshiva. At age fifteen he was sent away to
his grandfather in Ozarkow, and there for the first time
he saw in 1908 the acting of a Yiddish troupe (Serotsky)
and his wife, Shimensky, Bliefeld et al), and through
this he became excited , and he decided to become
an actor. Soon thereafter A. entered into the dramatic
section of the local "Hazmir", and on 15 July 1909 he
participated in the production of "Mkhirt un gdult yosef".
When his family discovered this, the drove him out. He
left for Lodz where a theatre manager, Pshigada, was
organizing a troupe of beginners. A. traveled with them
to Biala, where they acted in a [shtal]. In 1910 A.
traveled around with the director Leshtshinsky across
small cities in Poland, then he married the actress
Yakubovitz and in 1910-11 both became engaged to
Sharavner in Vilna. In 1912 in Minsk to Bernstein, in
1913-14 until the outbreak of war A. directed for a
troupe in Radom, Poland. In 1818-9 A. acted with a
troupe in Galicia. In 1920 he was with Berl Hart in
Galicia. In 1921 he was with Julius Adler and Serotsky
in Lodz. In 1922-23 he was in Tarnopol and several
productions in Lemberg. In 1923 A. traveled to America,
where he acted in various troupes and also had
participated in Los Angeles in the Warner Brothers
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 1, page 59.
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