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Close on Broadway!

Dear Friends,

Today we are writing to tell you about a thrilling–possibly the most thrilling–thing that happens in the theatre:

It is very occasionally getting to see great actors/actresses perform live.

New York now has, gloriously, that chance, as Glenn Close–one of the world’s greatest actresses–is currently starring in Sunset Boulevard at the Palace Theatre.

This is a wonderful opportunity to see this phenomenal actress perform.  Sunset Boulevard is playing now through May 28th.


Click on the picture for show times and to purchase tickets.


Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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Lifetime Achievement

Dear Friends,

As many of you know—and may have seen—the Golden Globes were this past Sunday and we just wanted to commend Meryl Streep on winning the Cecil B. deMille Award.  Meryl began her illustrious career on the stage in New York City and many years later has been nominated by the Academy Awards more than any other actor.

During her speech, Meryl took the opportunity—as the NYPD likes to remind us—“if you see something, say something” and she certainly did.  She saw an opportunity to speak out against some of the more despicable moments in the Trump campaign and issued a call to action for everyone in the public eye to bring to light the injustices that Trump embodied during his campaign.

With just over a week until his inauguration, it is so very important for people not to lose hope.  We live in a great country—and that will continue, as long as we the people continue to strive to make it great!

Congrats, Meryl!

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn Langner

PS—click on the picture below to watch her speech in its entirety.



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Summer Acting Classes

Dear Friends,

We wanted to share with you who acting classes that the Redbull Theatre is hosting two series of Shakespeare Acting classes this summer!

The first, Summer Shakespeare Workout, is a 3-day class June 24-26, 2016.

A three-day Shakespeare workout to get your technique toned up. This fast and furious classical acting workshop covers all your bases, including voice, movement, text analysis, and scene work to send you into the warmer months in tip top classical shape.

The second, Summer Shakespeare Bootcamp, is a 6-week class July 13-August 17, 2016 with a great line-up of teachers, including famed Chukwudi Iwuji.

A six-week Boot Camp for a more in-depth exploration of classic Shakespearean roles. This class will offer scene study techniques, voice and speech training, and different acting approaches and perspectives from New York’s best working professionals and classical actors. This class will give you all the tools you need to best approach the Bard’s work.

If you live in or are visiting our fair city of New York during these times and are interested in expanding your acting knowledge, it would definitely be a great way to broaden your skills!

For more information and to sign up for classes, click here.

Happy summer!

Philip & Marilyn

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Acting Sessions.

Dear Friends,

Today we received an email from LocalTheatreNY about all the wonderful acting classes they are offering and we wanted to pass along the information.

They have numerous classes, hosted by The Barrow Group ranging for those amateurs just starting out and the more serious actor wanting to brush up on his/her skills, including voice lessons and playwriting.

The Barrow Group was founded in 1986 and their mission is “to share compelling stories that challenge audiences to better themselves and the world, using a unique performance style that embraces spontaneous expression and provides a transformative experience.”

What a wonderful opportunity for those of us based here in New York City—or anyone wanting a great excuse to visit for an extended trip!

Click here for more information about LocalTheatreNY and a list of the classes that The Barrow Group are currently offering.

Best regards,

Philip & Marilyn

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On Their Own

Dear Friends,

We show you today a picture we just received from The Academy of Motion Picture of Arts and Sciences of the great movie star and our friend, Gena Rowlands, and famed director, Spike Lee—both of whom were recognized on Saturday by The Academy with Governors Awards.


Gena, together with her husband John Cassavetes pioneered a new in motion pictures: The Independent Film.

John and Gena decided one day not to simply act in other people’s films, but to make their own.  Together they ushered in such films as:

Shadows—which won a Critic’s Award at the Venice Film Festival

A Woman Under the Influence—for which Gena earned an Oscar for Best Actress and John earned an Oscar nomination for Best Director

Gloria—for which Gena earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress

Husbands—starring John with Peter Falk and Ben Gazzara

Faces—which was nominated for 3 Academy Awards

Minnie and Moskowitz—for which John was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Comedy

Opening Night—for which Gena won Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival

Gena says—about the struggles they had producing these films—

There wasn’t anybody doing it.  Everything was done through the studios.  But we did it on our own. When we ran out of money, we paid for our own pictures by acting for others or mortgaging our home [you can read more about it in an article here.]

They really did pave the way for a lot of independent films, ourselves included when The Theatre Guild produced the 1969 movie, Slaves—but more about that next time!

Congratulations Gena on your Governors Award and for all that you have done in your career!

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Shake Your Boot[camp]!

Time is running out!

We just received an invitation to the Summer Shakespeare Bootcamp. If you love Shakespeare, this should be a must-do this summer! Camp starts on July 20th and—at least, as of today July 8, 2015—there are still some spaces available!

According to their website, the bootcamp will be:

A summer full of Shakespearean scene-study sessions to fortify your classical technique. Six consecutive summer Monday scene-study classes in Shakespeare, with in-depth text and character analysis, and ongoing vocal and physical training to get you in tip-top classical shape. For those looking for more in-depth classical acting training throughout the summer, this is the class for you. Working with carefully assigned scenes, students will be exposed to a broad range of teachers and working professionals to develop all aspects of their craft.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity by the Red Bull Theater. Click here to learn more and sign up!

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More About Marlene…


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We recently wrote about Marlene Dietrich’s 1930 film, Blue Angel, which we urged you to see. So interesting!

And today I’m telling you about Marlene, whom I got to know quite well during the filming of JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG, a manuscript I found and became one of its film producers.

During the course of the 12 weeks shooting of the film in Hollywood I spent every morning with Marlene in her dressing room talking and wiling/ away the hours waiting for her to be called.

And this is what is so surprising: Marlene’s thinking was totally antithetical to her glamorous image.

If you watch Blue Angel, you will see the real Marlene. She wanted no part of glamour. You see her as a down to earth regular woman, spending no time on makeup, dresses, and other fashion activities. I would say she wanted to be respected for her thoughts and actions.

So…when she was chosen out of hundreds of actresses to go to Hollywood and star in Morocco with Gary Cooper (1930), she had no idea she would turn into one of the two most glamorous stars ever seen on screen – the other being Greta Garbo.

It’s so ironic that the most sexy and gorgeous star was totally against her image. As we spent many mornings in her dressing room she wanted to talk about regular things, average happenings in the newspaper, or, indeed, the difficulties of the human race.

She was very interested in helping the poor, and spent much time writing letters and working to help people she knew, or who wrote to her about their problems

If aspects of her film persona came up, she would ridicule her costume requirements. And yet she was a total expert. She chose or created every aspect of her inimitable attire. She created Marlene Dietrich, The Glamor Queen of All Time.

Marlene Dietrich was a wonderful, lovely, caring person, and a great actress, but never wanting to be what the Hollywood image makers had decried for her.

Philip Langner

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Oh Othello!

This Throwback Thursday features a great photo of Paul Robeson in his garb as the well-known character of Othello, which The Theatre Guild produced on Broadway in 1943-1944.

Robeson’s portrayal of Othello was so masterful and well-performed that John Dover Wilson—one of the premier Shakespeare critics at the time—commented that Robeson’s Othello was the best performance of the century!

When I was about 10 years old, I used to spend wonderful times wrestling and playing with Paul’s son, Paul Jr.!

Paul broke through so many barriers coming from the son of a former slave, and knowing him and his family was indeed an honor!

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California Success!

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Ed Asner recently finished a run November 19th-23rd at the Laguna Beach Playhouse, where he starred in our production of Dore Schary’s FDR.  As you would expect, he did very well and got a lovely review in The Orange County register:

Asner’s Roosevelt is a charming, demanding, uncompromising man of exceptional skill in dealing with people from every walk of life, and the actor imbues him with the kind of gruff bullishness and vitality we’ve seen in him from other roles.

For the full article, go here: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/roosevelt-642800-asner-fdr.html

Of course it’s not a big surprise to us, since he’s played in our production of FDR in more than 100 cities since 2009—and he’s a prime example of why we love producing plays!

It is a great way to sail into the holidays, with hopeful prospects of an amazing 2015 season (we start in Chicago on April 10, 2015)!

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