M. was born on 26 November
1896 in Warsaw, Poland. His grandfather was a rabbi, his
father a lumber merchant, a Chasid, a Kabbalist. He
learned in cheders and yeshivas, and [bngbh] secular
studies. First after his mother's passing (1921), M. was
introduced into an adjoining coffee house with a
group of "amateurs", for whom he prompted for a play.
In 1913 he became a
professional actor and prompter in the provincial troupe
under the direction of Reyf, with whom he toured for two
years. In 1915-16 he was engaged in Warsaw's "Venus"
Theatre (Dir.: H. Zlotshevsky). In 1917-18 he toured across
Poland as an actor and prompter with Hymie and Anna
Jacobovitsh. In 1919-20 he was with a member's troupe.
In 1921-22 he was an association representative in Vilna
troupes. In 1923 he was with Molly Picon in Warsaw,
where he remained to work in the years 1924-27 in
various Yiddish troupes. In 1928 he was in a tour with
Lidia Potocka and since 1929 again in Warsaw. From 1927-31 M. was a
management secretary for the Yiddish Artists Union in
M. had given to be published a
range of acted plays from various authors (without their
consent or knowledge). Two of those plays: [L. Freiman
and S. H. Kon's] "Tsipke feyer", a comedy in 4 acts with
singing (Warsaw 1925) and [William Siegel's] "Vu zeynen
meyne kinder?", a melodrama in 4 acts (Warsaw 1926),
were, without the name of the author, published under
his name as editor).