SHMUEL (SAMUEL) IRIS (September 10, 1889-January 30, 1960)
Born in Kishinev, Bessarabia, to poor parents. He studied in a religious school, a public school, and a yeshiva. He became an actor. In 1919 he founded (with Bertanov) the first state theater in Odessa. In 1925 he arrived in the United States, though soon thereafter he returned to Romania where he played with the Vilna Troupe. From 1929 he was in Argentina and Brazil. He was the author of Ot azoy hot men geshpilt teater (That’s how one acts in the theater) (Buenos Aitres, 1956), 250 pp. He translated the following dramas into Yiddish: Trilby; Hoyptzakh (The chief thing [original: Samoe glavnoe]) by Nikolai Evreinov; Farzunkener glok (The sunken bell [Die versunkene Glocke]) by Gerhart Hauptmann; and a dramatization of Dickens’s “The Cricket on the Hearth” (“Der gril untern oyvn”). He died in Buenos Aires.
Source: Z. Zilbertsvayg, Teater-leksikon, vol. 1.
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