Born in 1895 in Warsaw,
Poland to Chasidic, well-to-do parents. He learned in a
cheder. At the age of thirteen he finished a folkshul and
began to learn in a business school. Soon after his first
visit to a Polish and Yiddish theatre, he became
fascinated by theatre acting, and became a
yutsa unchns behind the curtains of a Yiddish
theatre. His parents took him out because of school and
he became a vendor in a shawl business. However, also
there L. neglected his post because it kept him from the
stage, and according to the recommendation of his
well-known actors, he went to Plotsk, where he acted in
Tsipkus' provincial troupe and debuted there as "Israelik"
in Thomashefsky's "Pintele yid". After acting for a
certain time with the troupe across the Polish province,
L. went over to the itinerant troupe of Lermanke,
Mishurat, Shavavner, Kanievski-Kharlamp, until he
encountered the outbreak of war in Vitebsk, in the
troupe of Zhorzh and Beker.
He was brought back by his
parents to Poland, where L. spent time until 1917,
traveling during the time across the province, for which
he alone organized troupes. 1918 -- went away to the
Soviet Union and there went over to literary repertoire,
acting in Moscow with Zhitomirski, but disappointed he
entered into the Homel "Unzer vinkl", where he acted for
1923 -- directed with a
dramatic theatre, where he directed and satires of
Soviet life. 1924 -- by Brandesko in Moscow, then in
Minsk, and from there was invited as an artistic
director of a
dramatic studio in Vitebsk,
where he directed in Sholem Aleichem's "Stempenyu" and
"200,000", then acted in the same play with a
professional troupe, and with it acted the summer season
in Moscow, and the winter season he toured with
Now L. was invited as the
manager of a troupe in Odessa, where he directed Asch's
"Uncle Moses" and the play "Der urteyl". From there he
traveled to Kiev, where he acted with a section of the
troupe of "Kunst vinkl (Artists Corner)", Sholem
Aleichem's "Tevya the Milkman", and then went to Paris
to Joseph Kessler, where he acted for five months,
directing a series of Sholem Aleichem plays. 1929 --
guest-starred in Belgium, and from there arrived in
Poland, where he directed a section of his old
repertoire and also several new plays (including Sholem
1932 -- guest-starred in
Romania, Austria, and then he returned to Poland.
S. -- 200 toyznt
fun sholem aleikehm. Rezhi moris liampe, "Yidishe
tseytung", Antwerp, 19, 1929.
Katsenelson -- Sholem aleichem in der aktyor
lampe, "Lodz tablat", 9 August 1929.
Y. G. Sh-Sapir --
Moris lampe un "tuviya der milkhiger", "Naye
lebn", Bialystok, 9 December 1929.
Kaplan] -- Di goldgreber, geshpilt durkh der
yidisher trupe mit moris lampe, "Naye lebn",
Bialystok, 17 February 1930.
Teater-mensh [ Kh.
Y. Bristovsk'] -- "Mitn rbins kukh" fun lapidus,
oyfgefirt durkh moris lampe, "Nayer folksblat",
Lodz, 28 May 1930.
Henekh Kon -- "Mitn
rbins kukh", tsu di gastroln fun moris lampe, "Ilustr.
Poyl. Manchester", Lodz, June 1930.
Kaden -- "Tuviya
der milkhiger", oyfgefirt fun moris lampe, "Unzer
lebn", Ludmir, 43, 1930.
A. Grafman --
Moris lampe in sholem-aleichem's "Tuviya",
"Moment", Warsaw, 10 August 1930.
N. [Nisenboym] --
"200,000" fun sholem aleichem, oyfgefirst fun
moris lampe, "Lubliner togblat", 25 November
N. M. [Mayzel] --
Gastshpiln fun shoshanah un moris lampe, "Literarishe
bleter", Warsaw, 34, 1932.