Sunday 24 February 2019


YITSKHOK KAPLAN (1874-February 18, 1929)
            An artist and playwright, he was born in Pereyaslav, Ukraine.  He began with children’s roles for Avrom Goldfaden and later became a professional actor with various troupes in Europe and the United States.  He wrote a series of plays: Tsurik aheym (Back home), Keyn tsien (To Zion), Dos farmer-lebn (The farmer’s life), Der fisher (The fisherman), Der ganef (The thief), Der emes (The truth), Der tayvl-kush (Kiss of the devil), and Der gefunener zun (The discovered son).  His play Itsikl vil khasene hoben (Itsikl wants to get married), an operetta in five acts, was published anonymously (Warsaw: Sh. Goldfarb, 1925), 40 pp.  He also translated many plays, among them Di shuld fun di umshuldike (The guilt of the innocent [original: Bex viny vinovatye (Guilty without fault)]) by Alexander Ostrovsky.  A great number of his plays were staged.  He died in New York.

Source: Zalmen Zilbertsvayg, Leksikon fun yidishn teater (Handbook of the Yiddish theater), vol. 6 (Mexico City, 1969).
Berl Cohen

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