Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
T. was born on 5 February
1898 in Warsaw, Poland. His father was a [garbarzh].
Until age sixteen he learned in Prager men's gymnasium
and never participated in the local student productions.
In 1916 through his
friendship with Norvid and Shidla, he continued onto the
"amateur" circle lead by Shidla.
T. now entered into the "Artistish
vinkele (Artistic Corner)" with the Warsaw "Hazamir",
where he debuted as "Mendl" in Peretz Hirshbein's "Di nevilah" under the direction of David Herman and he attended lectures in the dramatic arts with Polish actor
and regisseur Alexander Zelverovitsh. Later T. entered
into (under the pseudonym of "Zelvitsh" as a senior in
the Polish theatre (Dir. Shifman). Here he was invited
into the Vilna Troupe, where he acted for the first time
in episodic roles, and since 1919 in significant roles.
From 1920-22 he served in the Polish army and afterwards
traveled to Germany, where he worked in Berlin's
people's stage (Folksbiene) as an assistant regisseur
under the leadership of A. Feling.
In 1923 he turned up in
Poland, where he guest-starred across the province with
Shoshana and participated in the film "Tkyet-kf"
(Scenery -- Kh. Blum, Direction -- Zigmunt Turkow). In
the winter of 1923 T. returned to enter into the Vilna
Troupe, which made guest appearances across Rumania. In
1926 he went entirely with directorial work: He staged
with the Vilna Troupe a revival of Bimko's "Ganovim
(Thieves)" and went to new [oysteytshungen]
"Menasha, Khaya, anyeus" and Nikodemus' "Baginen,
tog un nakht" (T.'s translation).
On the way to the Soviet
Union, after acting for six months in France, T.
entered into, in April 1927, the Kharkov Yiddish
State Theatre, where he later acted in the title
role of "Shabtai zvi", and in the role of "Fon vel"
in Kushnirov's "Hirsh Lekert".
In 1929 he became
regisseur-[laboratory worker=labarant] for the same
Sh. E. from
Y. Lyubomirsky -- "Melukhisher
yidisher teatter in ukraine", pp. 84-85.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 2, page 856.
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