"I already had the sensibility of taking my work out of the theater into the outdoors," he said. "It became part of my DNA."
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Sitting in her living room and poring through an enormous photo album, Alexandra More acts like the proud parent of successful offspring.
"Will you just look at them?" she gushes, pointing at one photograph after another of famous actors participating in her play readings. "Such...
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In 1957, Jose Limon toured Poland with his dance company. In the rubble-strewn cities still reeling from the ravages of World War II, the choreographer contemplated the resilience of people in the aftermath of great tragedy. And when he stood before the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto,...
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Jerry Herman doesn't play favorites with his musicals. Ask him to rank "Mame," "Hello, Dolly!" or "La Cage aux Folles" and he'll tell you, "I love them all." But as for which character he most wants to emulate, he'll admit that it's the Jew who calls himself S.L. Jacobowsky.
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Michael Schlitt sees a definite connection between his type of Jewishness and his reasons for directing a Neil Simon play in India. Being drawn to India and all things Eastern is Jewish, he says. And so is asking a million questions about everything.
"Basically, my work is very...
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"The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt" edited by Ruth Andrew Ellenson (Dutton, $24.95).
When Ruth Andrew Ellenson achieved the writer's milestone of selling her first book, her father responded in classic Jewish parental fashion.
"He was thrilled and said, 'Honey, that's...
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Choreographer Heidi Duckler drove around Boyle Heights one day, in search of her next project and "feeling that my heart was in this community." Suddenly, she saw a building with a striking dome and "I just knew it had to be a synagogue," she recalls.
Sure enough, Duckler had...
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During the period he lived in New York and worked odd jobs, Charlie Kaufman once had a conversation with a colleague about Jews and height.
"I said Jews are small, she said Jews are tall. But I really couldn't conceive of that," he said. "I'm short, plus I had these uncles who had...
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Wendy Graf sat in a synagogue several years ago listening to a rabbi's sermon.
"She was talking about experiencing a traumatic event and how her faith had been sorely tested," Graf recalled. "That really got me thinking."
Graf went on to write "Lessons," her latest play that mines...
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"Jubana! The Awkwardly True and Dazzling Adventures of a Jewish Cuban Goddess" by Gigi Anders (Rayo/HarperCollins, $23.95).
Three years ago, Gigi Anders found herself down and out in Hackensack, N.J. Her fiancé couldn't go through with their wedding, she had quit a job at a nearby...
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As a kid growing up in Philadelphia, Edward Schwarzschild did a stint as a Kosher Boy Scout and hated it.
"Carrying two sets of dishes into the wilderness was a real turn-off for me," he said.
Now 40, Schwarzschild hails from a venerable tradition of writers who have mined...
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When it comes to film festivals, Calabasas is far off the beaten path for the Sundance crowd. But there's method to the madness of film lovers who beat a path to Calabasas in the first week of April.
The seventh annual Method Fest claims to be the nation's only festival that...
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Esther has been dreaming about Jake for four years. So when he finally asked her out, she did not hesitate to say yes. It no longer mattered that he lived in Miami and did not lead an Orthodox Jewish life. Though she hated to think of leaving New York City and wanted to make sure...
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Lydia does not scoff at the notion that her current boyfriend might very well be an act of revenge. On the other hand, "I've tried my best and it got me nowhere," she says. "Maybe my priorities have changed. Mark treats me like a queen, and he's someone I can trust. That matters to...
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My friend Lauren got married at 24. For two years, she lived in peace. After all, she had conducted her life according to the Proper Schedule and deserved to be left alone by concerned family and peers. When she got together with her single girlfriends, she could only sympathize with...
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At a 1991 Jewish Renewal retreat in Pennsylvania, Rosalie Harris was in a Chevra Kadisha class, crying over the recent death of her sister, when Ephraim Eisen reached out to hold her hand. She had met him the day before and dismissed him as one of those nice guys who somehow fail to...
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After she gave birth to Kitty, Jane Modell Rosen would sit by her daughter's crib and cry. Various shades of happiness, sadness, excitement and fear would wash over her exhausted body. While pregnant, "I had not dared express to God what I wanted," she recalls. "But I felt that...