Friday, March 13, 2009

On to Pinter and Nigro

The reading of Nancy Gall-Clayton's The Snowflake Theory in October went extremely well, with readings at the Yassenoff Jewish Community Center in the community and at the university as well; Nancy was able to attend. Veteran performers Lil Strouss, Jared Saltman, and Cheryl Jacobs played the leads, with OSU students Adam Peal and Jessi Biggert in support; more details at

The reading was the centerpiece of Beyond the Borscht Belt: the second Jewish theatre festival in Columbus, produced by the Ohio State University Hillel Foundation Wexner Jewish Student Center, the Ohio State University Department of Theatre, the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute, with support from the Leventhal Fund and the Lenore Schottenstein Jewish Arts Endowment of the Columbus Jewish Foundation.

Two readings coming up:

In May, we'll celebrate Harold Pinter's life with readings of several of his works, directed by Pinter scholars Dr. Ann Hall and Dr. Katherine Burkman, with a couple of scenes directed by me. That'll be May 17th, in the Roy Bowen Theatre on the OSU campus.

Then later, at a date still to be determined, Don Nigro's new play, "Henry and Ellen," detailing the convoluted history of the artistic and personal interactions of Sir Henry Irving and Ellen Terry. Distinguished performers John Kuhn and Cate Blair-Wilhelm will perform the leads. Watch this space!

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