The Anatomy of an Artist Series with Lynne Bernfield
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9-13-21 Memorial to Ed Asner – The irrepressible, outrageous, talented, generous and sexy Ed Asner is best known for his portrayal of the curmudgeonly Lou Grant, a role he created on the Mary Tyler Moore show and reprised in his own show called only Lou Grant. Ed won seven Emmy awards, more than any other male actor, and is the only actor to win an Emmy for his work in both a sitcom and a Drama series – for playing the same role. A famously outspoken rebel who was courageously true his beliefs and often paid a heavy price for his courage, Ed Asner is the poster child for true north. Spontaneous, open, guile-less; with Ed – what you see is what there is, and that is terrific. Listen to this funny, interesting man talk about his life and his work, his dogged commitment to being the best he can be and his dedication to bettering the lives of those less fortunate than himself.
My brother Ken was at an event which Ed also attended. Ken approached Ed and asked if he’d be willing to be interviewed by his sister. Remarkably, Ed said sure. When I was next in LA, I went to his house and recorded this interview. It was 2012 and Ed was 82 years old. You can hear what a delight he was and how much fun I’m having. In the next 9 years he continued to work. Six years later he finally went back to Broadway in a Cameo role. I was in the audience opening night and when he walked on stage the audience rose to their feet. After the performance Ed invited me to stay at his apartment and now, I have to say, I regret not taking him up on it. Towards the end of the interview, when I am thanking him, Ed said “it’s because your brother has such a sweet face.” My brother does have a sweet face, but it was actually because, behind the bluster Ed Asner was a pussycat.continue reading
2-25-21 Interview with Sam Osheroff, who has had a varied career as a studio artist, an actor, director and educator Listen to Sam describe his earliest experiences with theater, how, as an eight year old, he was struck by what seemed to him to be existence of “another world” on the stage. Hear him talk about the circuitous route he took to become the actor he always was, and see him star in “Cherry Docs,” the second production of the brand new Sarasota Jewish Theater, on zoom on Sunday Feb 28th at 3:00.continue reading
2-18-21 Interview with actor, singer E. Faye Butler who is staring as Fannie, in “Fannie, The life and the Music of Fannie Lou Hamer,” a role which was written with her in mind. Like the woman she’s playing, Faye discovered her path unexpectedly. The role which convinced her that acting was her path was that of a mute! She also channels Fannie Lou, in her perseverance and unwillingness to give up her dream. Although the roles she trained to play, and auditioned for, were denied her because she was the wrong color, she never gave up. Listen to this delightful, exuberate woman tell her interesting story. And come see bring Fannie to life at the Asolo beginning January 20th.
The Anatomy of an Artist Series with Lynne Bernfieldcontinue reading
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1-14-21 Interviews with Carolyn Michel and Howard Millman.
On Sunday, January 31, 3:00 the first show of the brand new Sarasota Jewish Theater season will feature Carolyn, directed by Howard, performing Women I Have Loved featuring monologues from her favorite characters, and stories from her career, ranging from Sid Caesar and Broadway to performances in Regional Theaters and 24 seasons with Asolo Rep.
Carolyn Michel has had a storied career, from her success as a baby ballerina, to the early days at the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre, to performing with Sid Caesar on Broadway and on tour, major performances in Regional Theaters across the country, and 24 seasons on the Asolo stage.
Howard J. Millman was Producing Artistic Director of the Asolo Repertory Theatre from 1995 until he retired in 2006. Prior to rejoining the Asolo in 1995 he was Producing Artistic Director for Geva Theatre in Rochester, New York, Executive director of Pittsburgh Public Theatre and Managing Director of the Asolo. From 1968 to 1980. .
Today is Carolyn’s birthday, a great birthday gift would be buying a ticket and supporting the theater.
Get tickets at https://jfedsrq.org/events,
As a holiday thank you gift to The Lynne Show and Anatomy of an Artist interview series audience, I will send a signed hard cover copy of my book When You Can, You Will, why you can’t always do what you want to and what to do about it. Or a copy of my of I Won’t Go With A Whimper, to the first 25 people who send me an address.continue reading
Click here to listen to the introduction to the book.
Click here to see a video of me performing the title track at the CD launch.
As we finally close in on the end of 2020, I hope they will bring you pleasure and perhaps make life a little easier
Re-run of my 2008 interview with Roberta MacDonald and Bob Turoff as Bob launches his new book Dear Roberta: Letters to My Wife.
Please come on Saturday, December 5th at 4pm for a warm and interactive virtual conversation with author and Golden Apple Dinner Theatre patriarch, Robert Turoff in honor of the publication of Dear Roberta: Letters to My Wife. This new, heartwarming memoir is a series of letters written by Bob to his late wife, Roberta MacDonald. Dear Roberta chronicles their life together – from Broadway to Sarasota, through 54 years of marriage, and the 42 years they operated the Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. Audience members, front of house staff, actors, and theatre lovers will be charmed and entertained by Bob’s recollections.
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3-16-20 Interviewcontinue reading
Slate Counts has created an exciting piece of theater about William S. Burroughs. A writer and performer, Slate is the perfect person to introduce Burroughs to a new audience. He too has been intrigued by the areas of thought and imagination that Burroughs explored in his long, fascinating and checkered career, areas many think of as “on the edge.” Listen to Slate describe Burroughs extraordinary life and career, as well as the many famous people who were drawn to him. You can see this next week on Zoom when Slate brings his piece to the Sarasolo Festival. In addition to Slate’s work you can see 3 other interesting Solo performances, including one by Blake Walton, co-founder of the Sarasol Festival. For just $25.00 per household you can see two of these performances. Go to www.sarasolo.org for information and tickets,
The board of the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Florida announced today that the organization has chosen Andy Sandberg as its Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer as of January 1, 2020. Sandberg succeeds Bruce Rodgers, who is retiring after serving as the Hermitage’s Executive Director since 2005. Sandberg, an accomplished director, writer, and Tony Award-winning producer whose national and international career has been committed to new work and artist development, was selected following an extensive national search. In his new role, Sandberg will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s operations, artistic programs, administration, and strategic plan.continue reading
Check out her musical meditation by clicking this link, Insig.ht/gm_104074
And look for informational, inspirational meditations in the future.
To see the animated version of this song click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzo52XX07Sc
I was studying Hypnosis with Stephen Gilligan, who’d been a student of Milton Erickson, the father of clinical hypnosis. Something Stephen said caused me to write this song, I don’t know what it was, because I was in trance at the time. Click the link to listen to “You Really Can.”
4-30-20 Interviewcontinue reading
Shortly after I wrote The Sweet Single Life, I moved in with the man I would marry. He’s a musician and shortly after I moved in he went on the road – a yearlong national and international tour with Tom Waits. When I got home from seeing him off at LAX I wrote – Travelin man – click the link to listen – of course you can no longer “stand at the gate to wave goodbye.”
These songs are all on my CD “I Won’t go With a Whimper” which was produced by the ridiculously talented Michele Brourman, who also arranged the songs and played all the keyboards. Michele is a brilliant singer/songwriter/performer/composer/musical director and producer. Check her out at Michelebrourman.com
Although I loved and do still love NY, LA in the 70’s was a revelation. It wasn’t crowded, people really were laid back and friendly, it still had the weather it’s still pretending to have, we hadn’t heard of smog, and I could live on unemployment. There was so much money available that a publisher would give you $100.00 (that was a lot of money) just to hold a song,. I went there to pursue my songwriting career and, like me, all my friends were scuffling to carve out a career in show business; actors, singers, writers, composers, comics… so I wrote “Hollywood Has Got Her”
These songs are all on my CD “I Won’t go With a Whimper” which was produced by the ridiculously talented Michele Brourman, who also arranged the songs and played all the keyboards. Michele is a brilliant singer/songwriter/performer/composer/musical director and producer. Check her out at Michelebrourman.comcontinue reading
I spent much of my 20’s worrying about the fact that, although there were always men in my life, I wasn’t MARRIED! When I moved from NY – where I was born and raised – and moved to LA, I began a new life. One day I realized that I was not only very happy, I no longer cared that I wasn’t MARRIED. And I wrote this song in celebration.
The Sweet Single Life is the first cut on My CD “I Won’t Go With A Whimper”continue reading
3-9-20 Singer and Cabaret Performer Anne Pringle Burnell thought she was going to be an actress. Listen to the ironic way she discovered that she is really a singer and was drawn to Cabaret where, unlike acting she can express herself. Anne was instrumental in creating the Chicago Cabaret Professionals and is currently its President. Along with many other music genres The Chicago Cabaret Professions will be participating in the Year of Chicago Music, and she and husband Mark Burnell will be performing along with 46 Cabaret performers at Chicago Cabaret Week, 3/20-39.continue reading
2-17-120 Laura Kepley, is in Sarasota to direct Into the Breeches at the Asolo Repertory Company. Laura fell in love with theater the first time she saw a play at 3 or 4 years old, and she can still remember the sticks with twirling lollipops. Not basically an extravert Laura persevered studying acting and theater until she realized that what she wanted to be was an Artistic Director. Apparently the Cleveland Playhouse though so too and so now she its Artistic Director. Listen to this charming, dedicated professional talk about her journey to discover her destiny. And come see Into the Breeches a “big hearted comedy,” whose message is you can be more that you, or others think you can.continue reading
2-24-20 Jeanne Corcoran is the director, Sarasota county film & entertainment office since 2007. She is an award-winning writer/producer/creative director and on-camera talent, in television and video productions, including dozens of concept-to-completion projects plus original tv and video content, music, books, electronic media, and web content. Listen to this amazing woman describe all the things she has done and is doing and come to the Film Commission’s 6 & a mix event – at Suncoast Technical College : 4748 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233 on Thursday Feb 27 – see details below
Featuring two upcoming young stars from Los Angeles, who have been on abc and other networks, cable and streaming, plus marvel and disney and numerous other major feature films and tv shows — Booboo Stewart (x-men, descendants, twilight saga and much more) and his sister Fivel Stewart (Hansel and Gretel, etc.) will speak on our vip panel in the conference center at 6:30 pm and if you’d like to just attend the beverages and nibbles mixer at 5:30 and then the vip panel, it’s only $12 total! if you’d like to come to any of the six workshops that run from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm you can register for those too at a different total cost of $50 for everything including the workshop, but it is not required, of course!continue reading
And if you have any questions, call the office at (941) 309-1200 extension 104
2-17-20 Derek Speedy, is charming gregarious and very intelligent. As he says, he could have chosen and excelled at many careers which would have been more “secure,” but Derek was captured by the theater. And at twenty-three, only two years out of Harvard, he is steadily working. Come see him at the Asolo, along with two other wonderful actors, in Lifespan of a Fact, brilliantly directed by Celine Rosenthal. Come see him now, so in the near future you can say that you saw him before he was famous.continue reading
1-27-20 – Actress/Singer Jannie Jones is one of a tiny percent of performers who actually make their living with their talent. Jannie was five years old when her mother taught her and her two sisters to sing Acapella. They became the sought after Ford Sisters performing at church and community groups. Known as the little girl with the Golden Voice, Jannie didn’t understand that she was “special.” Listen to this animated, vibrant woman describe how she came to appreciate her talent: how she accidentally became a theatre major and how, without any help or guidance, she found her way to her “place.” And come see her as Caroline in Caroline or Change at The Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe’s brand new building.continue reading
1-20-20 Celine Rosenthal, is an Associate Artistic Director at The Asolo Repertory Company. She was captured by theatre very young and predictably studied acting. Surprisingly, although she loved everything about acting; script analysis, the rehearsal process etc., she really didn’t like being on stage. And in tandem with her acting studies she was also a pre-med student. After graduation she spent a year in Mumbai India creating a children’s theater, then found her way into producing, achieving Tony nominations for her work on Leap of Faith and Seminar. She worked as a New York City Medic before and taking the plunge to get her Directing degree from the New School of Drama in NY. Listen to the thoughtful, serious, exuberant woman describe the circuitous path that lead to her true calling – directing – and hear her describe “Lifespan of a Fact” the unique play she has directed for the current season at Asolo Rep.continue reading