Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
M. was born on 25 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 a 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).
According to Meir
Melman M. was killed by the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto.
Sh. E. from
"Lexicon of the Yiddish
Theatre", Warsaw, 1934, Vol. 2, p. 1258.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 5, page 4027.
You can also read R. Marsalow's initial biography in Volume 2 of the Lexicon by
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