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Courage in Reporting

Dear Friends,

An amazing thing happened to us a few days ago when we watched a reporter, Ronan Farrow, reading a long, fascinating article that he wrote about film producer, Harvey Weinstein.

What struck us so much about this was the fact that Ronan is someone that we knew very well at the age of 3-4 years old, when he lived in Newtown, CT with his wonderful mother, the extraordinary Mia Farrow.

Mia is a wonderful lady who has raised—and dedicated herself—to seeing that children without parents could still have a happy family life.

Now here is Ronan, 29 years old—with so many degrees and abilities—commanding the air waves.  His report, published in The New Yorker, “Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories,” was the result of nearly a year of researching facts and working to find someone willing to publish it.  Originally he went to NBC, for whom
he worked at the time, and was told it wasn’t “reportable.”  Thankfully The New Yorker thought it was.
ronan farrow
It takes courage to stand up and never stop believing in what you are working on—and we are so proud of Ronan for having the courage to not back down and not give up until his story was heard.

To read the terrific article he wrote in The New Yorker, click here.

Best regards,
Philip & Marilyn

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Happy New Year!


Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!  We thought we’d start 2016 off on a high note: something wonderful has happened in the theatre this year, which we are calling a once-in-10-year event!
It is the arrival of the magnificent new musical on Broadway: Hamilton.
The author, who also acts in this incredible play, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has done so many marvelous things in the creation of this musical that is it impossible to describe them all!
He first read about Alexander Hamilton on a vacation, and at the time, had no idea that he would be so inspired. 
Miranda set Hamilton in modern language. All the music is Hip Hop and everything is modernized.  It is as if Alexander Hamilton is alive and well and living in the Bronx in 2016! 
We had been hearing all the buzz about this musical; and then read a fantastic article about his writing and creation of this astonishing play–from his reading a book about Alexander Hamilton through rehearsals to opening night–in the New Yorker, which of course made us even more excited!
Needless to say, it is very popular and exceptionally difficult to get tickets in the near term.  However, you can click the icon below to go online or call the theatre to order tickets after next August (that’s right–it’s sold out until August 2016!).  
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BEFORE WE GO: We greatly enjoy writing to you about the theatre each week and we would be very happy if you would tell your friends about us, so that we may increase our membership.  So if you know anyone who loves the theatre, we would love it if you would send them our way so that they can receive our newsletters as well!

Many thanks!

Philip & Marilyn Langner

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Slam in the Park

We know that it’s July, but we wanted to share with you a fantastic happening every April: a gathering in Central Park to read Shakespeare’s sonnets (not plays). It is the Annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Sonnet Slam, which started in 2010, and—rain or shine—all of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets are read aloud.

Shakespeare had 2 personalities: the one that wrote plays with plots, like playwrights today, and the other who wrote sonnets based on his view of life. These sonnets are his expressions, his thoughts, his own dreams.
We read about this event in The New Yorker and wanted to share this article with you today, where the author, Adam Gopnik, wonders “can love, and its songs, go on forever?” as he ventures through the various types of love Shakespeare expressed in his wide-ranging sonnets. This is a magnificent event, especially for those wanting something more interactive than seeing a Shakespeare play.

Sonnet Slam does not have yet have details of their 2016 event yet posted (that we found), however, as we hear further news, we will pass it along!

The article is June, Moon, Tune by Adam Gopnik and found in the July 6 & 13, 2015 issue of The New Yorker.

Illustration by Eiko Ojala--click on photo to go to The New Yorker online

Illustration by Eiko Ojala–click on photo to go to The New Yorker online

See what Shakespeare is saying here:

Sonnet 18:
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

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