Lives in the Yiddish Theatre


H.(Harry) Lang


L. was born on 14 December 1888 in Shkur, Kovno Gubernia. Lithuania. His father was a storekeeper. Until age sixteen he learned in yeshivas, and was known in the Slutsk yeshiva as "the Shkur mtmid".

In 1904 he immigrated to America, where he at first was a worker and later an activist in the union movement. Later he began to write about the questions of the Jewish Worker's Movement, and since 1917 he is a collaborator in the "Forward" newspaper.

As a [communal worker=eskn] in the "United Yiddish Workshops", L. on occasion more often switched between the various united Yiddish theatre unions and also between the unions and the patrons of Yiddish theatres. As an editor for the Worker's Department in the "Forward", L. helped a great deal in the joining of the actors' unions (Local 5 and Local 1), and he was active in the abolishment of the various sections of the actors' unions.

On 29 October 1931 in the Bronx's Prospect Theatre there was staged [the first time under the name "Orem un raykh"] "The Unfortunate Bride from Suffolk Street", famous "Forward" -- novel by Iva Lazarus [H. Lang]. Dramatized by H. Lang and L. (Leon)Krishtol, staged by Nathan Goldberg". The play was performed for twenty weeks.

On 15 December 1932 in the Prospect Theatre, under the direction of Jennie Goldstein and Lucy Lang, there was staged "The Conflict of Mother of Iva Lazarus [H. Lang], dramatized by H. Lang."


Sh. E.

  • Z. Reyzen -- "Lexicon of the Yiddish Literature", Vol. II, pp. 56-57.

  • Hillel Rogoff -- "Di umgliklekhe kale fun sofolk strit" oyf der bihne un prospekt teater, "Forward", N. Y., 3 November 1931.

  • [--] -- Stsenes un bilder tsvishn oylem in prospekt theater bay di farshtelungen fun "forverts" roman "Di umgliklekhe kale fun soffolk strit", "Forward", N. Y., 6 November 1931.

  • N. B. Linder -- Di naye piese un bronks. Prospekt teater, "Der tog", N. Y., 6 November 1931.

  • B. I. Goldstein -- M ratevet di evenyu, "Fraye arbeter shtime", N. Y., 22 January 1932.

  • William Edlin -- Jenny goldstein in a shehner play "Tog", N. Y., 23 December 1932.

  • Hillel Rogoff -- H. Lang's "Der kamf far a mame" in prospekt teater, "Forward", N. Y., 23 December 1932.

  • Samuel Kreiter -- Family Drama Pleases Crowd at the Prospect, "Daily News", 3 January 1933.






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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 2, page 993.

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