Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
Yitzhak (-Yona) Mestel
M. was born on 15 September
1894 in Zlotshev, eastern Galicia. He is the brother of
Jacob. He learned in a cheder and in school in Zlotshev
and in Lemberg. He completed a pro-gymnasium. In 1912 M.
founded the Yiddish worker stage "Yakov (Jacob) Gordin"
in Lemberg, and in the same year he traveled across the
province in Galicia with an itinerant troupe. In 1913 M.
entered into Gimpel's troupe in Lemberg, where he acted
until the World War, and he participated then as a
soldier in the Austrian Army.
In 1921 M. founded together
with Shlomo Pryzament and Francis, the first Yiddish
theatre in Czechoslovakia ("HaOr"), where he also was
At the end of 1923 M. came
back to Vienna as a co-director and actor in the Yiddish
art theatre under Yitzhak Deutsch's direction, then went
over to the German stage and acted in the "komershpile"
of director Geyer in Vienna, until his trip to America
in 1925. Here M. withdrew from the stage.
M. also wrote theatre pieces
under the pseudonym "Yitzhak Mdh". His one-act "In a
vinter-nakht" in 1912 was staged by the "Arbeter-bine
(Worker's Stage) Yakov Gordin" in Lemberg.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 2, page 1374.
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