Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
L. was born in 1879 in
Kaptsova (Kopciowo), Suwalki Gubernia, Poland. His
father was a businessman. In 1896 he came with his
mother to America. Here he completed public school and
also attended two years of high school. He had the
opportunity to learn Yiddish with a rabbi, and Gemorah
and singing with a cantor in Skrentin, then with Cantor
Margolius in Louisville, Kentucky.
As a youth of sixteen he
became acquainted with the troupe of Leon Golubok and
Volfzon and with them performed a felndn rolist in the
role of "Berman" in "Kbud ab", then afterwards acting in
several other roles. He returned to New York and joined
in a dramatic circle, where there was also the late actors
Yetta Blank, Zigmunt Weintraub and Morgenbesser and soon
thereafter he began by himself to arrange productions in
Brownsville, where he acted as first singer-lover
("Absalom" et al), later he traveled around with Jacob
Frank and Kestin across the American province. For a
season he acted in dramatic roles with Elias Glickman in
Chicago (with Lipzin, Fannie Reinhart and Ginzburg),
then a season with Silbert in Boston and four seasons
with Mr. and Mrs. Simon in Cleveland and the environs.
Later L. toured for a time
with his own troupes across the American province and
was the first to put together a stable theatre in
Detroit and St. Louis where he also used to stage the
In 1929-30 he acted with
Lando in Pittsburgh, 1930-31 in Montreal with Schnitzer,
and in Toronto with Julius Nathanson and later across
various cities in America.
In September 1933 L. passed
away in New York.
Sh. and M. E.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 2, page 1158.
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