Born circa 1866 in Zvenigrodka, Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine.
Father -- a small dealer for a manufacturer. He learned
in a cheder, and until age eleven in a yeshiva, where --
secretly -- he received a little of the Haskalah
literature, and his pious father drove him out of the
Migrating over various town
with no profession, he became close to a Yiddish
itinerant troupe, with whom he did various types of
work. With the opportunity he was ale to take part in
the one-time specific activities of the Yiddish theatre
manager, such as optsunarn the authority and
police officials, and became a expert in the field of
expenditures or exploiting the permits to perform
"Yiddish-German theatre" or just "German theatre".
In that span of time, he
began to act in comical roles and also became the
director of his own troupe, with whom he toured across
the small cities and towns of Russia. After marrying the
daughter of a water supervisor in Nikapol, he made her a
prima donna and became by that became "zelbsthersher"
of his troupe, in which many Yiddish actors began their
stage careers, who had afterwards important positions on
the Yiddish stage.
In 1922 he passed away in Zvyenigrodka.
Israel Rosenberg had in New
York's "Tog" (13 January -- 10 February 1917) printed a
series of theatre curiosities of M.
David Reits portrayed him
"A very good brother. Every
day he used to bring in meat, bread, potatoes, and a
flask of whiskey for the actors, at times a ....more