Friday, May 31, 2013

Spoke to Stanley Browne of Browne-Nederlander yesterday about Margherita.  Bob Nederlander Jr. has now changed the financing strategy. He wantso investor for the whole production. Also showed a major interest in the folk opera Lincoln and God I am writing with Maryland composer John Ward.   Mr. Browne explained that Broadway has changed.   Once audiences were half tourists and half New Yorkers. Now 70 percent tourists—and tourists like musicals.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Planting  portulaca flowers today. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Postcards for The Botticelli Cruise at the Greenbelt Arts Center look fabulous.  The Botticelli Cruise:

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Much progress being made on my latest play THE TRAGEDY OF KING SAUL.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Outstanding rehearsal for The Botticelli Cruise. Shirl Weaver a very good director.


Emmy award winner Judith Dwan Hallet’ s program at the National Press Club tomorrow night, which I am hosting, has sold out.



Thursday, May 16, 2013

Working on several librettos. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

An Evening with Judith Dawn Hallet

Location: Conference Rooms
This is a ticketed event. Click here to jump to the ticket form.
From the Vatican to Venezuela, from Berbers to buffalos, from gauchos to gold, the documentaries of Judith Dwan Hallet spread all over the map. A documentary filmmaker for over 40 years, she will discuss her career and her adventures making films around the world.
She will show clips from eight films, starting with The Painted Truck, made in Afghanistan in 1971 before the ravages of war devastated the country. Next, segments from three documentaries she made for National Geographic Television: The Life and Legend of Jane Goodall: My Life with the Chimpanzees; The Gauchos of Argentina; and El Dorado Gold: Gold miners in Venezuela.
She will also show extracts from: Lords of the Garden about the Korowai who live in tree houses in an Indonesian rain forest on the island of New Guinea; a film for the PBS series, “Nature”, The American Buffalo: Battling Back; Witness to Hope, a two-hour film biography on the life of Pope John Paul II that aired on PBS; and Moby-Dick, made for the Discovery Channel’s Great Book series.
After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College with a major in filmmaking, Ms. Hallet served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia, where she made a film on the Berber villages of southern Tunisia. In 1973, she became a producer/reporter at KUTV, the NBC affiliate TV station in Salt Lake City. In 14 years, she produced nearly 100 documentaries and won over 30 awards including an Emmy.
In 1987, she became National Geographic Television’s senior producer for its weekly news television show, “Explorer.” In 1991, she formed her own company, Judith Dwan Hallet Productions. Since then, she has produced and directed 14 award-winning documentaries for television.
In 2008, she received an Emmy from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of her significant contributions to the broadcast industry.
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Monday, May 13, 2013

Will be hosting Richard Heller(Heller vs. District Columbia) at the National Press Club on June 5.
Outstanding rehearsal for  The Botticelli Cruise.   Show opens at the Greenbelt Arts Center on June 28.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Botticelli Cruise opens at the Greenbelt Arts Center on June 28. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Outstanding presentation of Eugenio at Lincolnia Center last night.  Well attended. Cast was superb

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Eugenio at LIncolnia

Lincolnia Center and the Seventh Street Playhouse



 As performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Press Club

and the  2008 New York Midtown Festival

May 6, 2013, 7:30 PM       Lincolnia Center




This fact based two act drama should be of special interest to NPC members because the subject deals with that tragic period in Italian during the Holocaust   when 1500 hundred Jews were sent to their deaths at Auschwitz.  The drama touches on the role of the Church and the Holocaust, and examines forgiveness amidst three conversions. Rome's aloof and scholarly Chief Rabbi Zolli loses faith following the apparent slaughter of his Polish family. .  He receives asylum in the Vatican, where he comes to appreciate Jesus as God suffering for humanity. The Rabbi re-finds faith and converts to Roman Catholicism. This is seen as a betrayal of his spiritual duty and a defection to the age-old enemy. Was his conversion one of conviction or merely gratitude? What does he demand at his baptism that eventually removes a major symbol of discrimination?




Rabbi Zolli                             Shanker Singham

Rosina                                                Shirl Weaver

Sister Angelina                      Bonnie Jourdan*

Monsignor Hilary                  Tim Wolf

Colonel Schmitt                     David Weaver

Cardinal Maglioni                 James Howard

Mr. Anso                                Pat Martin

Narrator                                 Beatrix Whitehall

Sound Design                         Beatrix Whitehall

Hostess                                    Karen Albers


*Best Supporting Actress Nomination            New York Midtown Festival 2008



  Questions: or 202 544 6973Lincolnia Senior Center   (703) 914-02234710 N Chambliss St, Alexandria, VA 22312 Cross Streets: Between Lincolnia Rd and Beauregard St.  No charge or donations