Born circa 1866 in Zvenigrodka, Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine.
Father -- a small merchant for a manufacturer. He learned
in a religious elementary school (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 acquainted with a Yiddish
itinerant troupe, with whom he did various types of
work. With the opportunity he was able to take part in
the one-time specific activities of the Yiddish theatre
manager, such as to cheat 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 through this became the "boss"
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 Reitz 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 few boots
and a suit, and even every week, the actors took a bath.
He used to only travel to the small towns. ...an actor
never took any cash money (from him). He simply did not
have [it], and also all thing he obtained were
countermarks. By himself he was the director, cashier,
actor, wardrobe person. His wife, the first actress, who
by herself sewed the clothing, washed, cooked, baked, and
once when he had sold tickets at the door on a small
table, she stood on the stage as "Papoose" and "Dina",
going on he wrote: "So, I am a so called beast of
burden, that is to say, there are no men," despicable,
he with one eye ("Papoose" is blind in one eye), that a
Jew with a twenty-five kopek ticket sits in the first
bank of the fifty kopeks, he would say: "R' Jew, for
twenty-five kopeks, people are not allowed to sit
there," the Jew begins and says: "I am wise to you and
your game," answers Mishurat: "You will not get this
place. You will have to go," and he said further in his
prose: "One denies me at my human heart..."
M. Myodovnik recalls in his
memoirs: ,...The cashier used to take all the nights,
every Monday they used to make the weeks [salary?], and
every week we used to feel guilty, because we never saw
anything. ...Mishurat used to issue, besides the general
contromarks, contromark for the butcher for meat, the
baker for bread, with one word -- for every
production of life's necessities he used to give
contromarks. ...Mishurat hadn't prepared anything for
himself, that they already had to start, he used to run
from the cashier's office and scream, "Wigmaker, klef
me without a beard!" And so asit goes, he went out onto
M.E. from Misha Boodkin and Sh.E. from David Reitz.
Israel Rosenberg -- "Gospodin
mishurat," "Der tog," N.Y, 13 Jan.-10 Feb. 1917.
M. Myodonik -- Mayne
teater zikhroyns, "Der stern," Minsk Journal, N' 4,