Born on 11 July 1883 in
Riga, Lettland (Latvia). Father -- a lumber merchant. He
learned in a cheder, yeshiva in Ponevizh (Lithuania),
scholarly work for himself alone.
At the age of thirteen he
arrived in America, where he entered into a dramatic
club, then founded the "Hamlet Dramatic Club", for which
he wrote and directed several plays, and at the same
time he was an understudy in the professional Yiddish
theatre, then he was engaged in the professional theatre
in Montreal (Canada) in father roles. After acting there
for season, he toured with various itinerant troupes
across the American province and came back to New York,
where he entered into the vaudeville houses, for which
he wrote sketches and acted in them.
He became a member of the
Yiddish Actors Union, and M. acted for four seasons in
Harlem's Lenox Theatre, two seasons in Baltimore and
then in Detroit.
M. (together with Harry
Landman) wrote the plays "Di opgenarte froy" (performed
in Harlem's Lenox Theatre), "Der shtumer edut" (staged
in Williamsburg's Lyric Theatre), and by himself he
wrote: "Der veybersher kongres" (performed across the
American province), "Der nekoyfter man" (staged in the
Lenox Theatre), "Elende kinder" (staged on 27 September
1927 in the Lyric Theatre), "Di froy batsolt, a
melodrama" (staged by Nathan Goldberg on 6 January 1928
in the Bronx's Prospect Theatre),
"Der orimer milyoner, a
musical comedy, music -- A. Perlmutter" (staged by
Nathan Goldberg on 9 March 1928 in Brooklyn's Hopkinson
Theatre). The same play in 1930-31 ws performed in
Europe by Misha Fishzon under the name "Der milyoner oyf
tsurus" and "Shver tsu zayn a kbtsn". Then: "Der prints
fun pitkin evenyu, a comedy. Music -- A. Perlmutter"
(staged by Anshel Schorr on 23 March 1928 in Brooklyn's
Liberty Theatre), "A maydl fun haynt, in three acts"
(soon changed the name to "Shklafn fun libe", staged on
15 September 1928 in the Lyric Theatre with Bessie
Frank), "Alemens gelibte, a melodrama, music -- F
Laskovsky (staged by Nathan Goldberg on 6 November 1929
in the Prospect Theatre).
Since 1932, M. can be found
in Los Angeles, where he performs on Radio in his own
M.'s wife, Esther Glickman,
acts on the Yiddish stage.
L. Fogelman -- Di
naye piese in liberty teater, "Forward", N. Y.,
30 March 1928.
M. V. -- "Der
milyoner oyf tsurus", komedye in 3 aktn fun
yulius mekelzon "Czernowitzer bleter", 66, 1930.
Spektator [N. Frank]
-- Der milyoner oyf tsurus, "Parizer haynt", 27
Elchanan Zeitlin --
Notitsen fun teater, "Unzer ekspres", Warsaw, 9
Teatroman -- Shver
tsu zeyn a kbtsn, "Hayntige gayes", Warsaw, 12
M. Kipnis -- "Shver
tsu zeyn a kbtsn", "Haynt", Warsaw, 12 February
A. Grafman -- In
kaminski's teater, "Moment", Warsaw, 13 February