Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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"You'll be the death of me," the elderly man whispered. And hoped. Death wish? Jack Kevorkian heard it as a plea for a posthumous epigram. "You Don't Know Jack," HBO's multiple-Emmy Award nominee -- with the honors being handed out Aug. 29 -- was written by Philadelphia's Adam Mazer, whose interviews with the doc assigned the moniker of "Dr. Death"...
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When he died on Aug. 8 at age 71, Stephen E. Solms left behind a legacy of landmark living -- and not just because he was the guiding force behind Historic Landmarks for Living, a real estate venture and adventure that helped re-shape the city's skyline beginning in 1978. Solms took the gusto and guts that propelled him to form...
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Daniel Pritzker makes some noise about the silent film he's bringing in
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Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans? "I do," regales Daniel Pritzker. "I miss it right now." He's not missing out on much of anything else: The scion of the family whose Hyatt dynasty put to bed any financial concerns he may have for life -- Daniel was ranked No. 236 on the Forbes 400 "The 400...
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The middle ages provide some surprises for this clever comedian coming to Keswick
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Root, root, root for the home team. Carol Leifer, stand-out, stand-up comedian and a roar of a writer/producer for "Seinfeld" -- upon whom the hyped-up heterosexually bent Elaine Benes is somewhat based -- has come out with the paperback of her book, When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win , and, with it, come out of the closet...
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With all her bigtime Broadway credits as producer, who knew that Ruth Hendel was also involved in an off-Broadway fringe festival? "I've been making tallitsim for almost 20 years," she reveals, recalling her start a few years before her son -- now 29 -- had his Bar Mitzvah. Over the years, she has made more than a triple-chai's worth for...
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Profile

Michael Elkin has worked as the Exponent Arts & Entertainment and Features editors for some 40 years.

He has won some 40 national and regional writing awards over his career as well as three fellowships in playwriting and screenwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

His arts articles — including working as a jazz critic for the Evening and Sunday Bulletin; book reviewer for the Philadelphia Inquirer; and rock reviewer/TV writer for the Camden Courier-Post  — and op-eds have appeared throughout North America; his plays have been staged internationally, including runs in Romania — one play running for  five years —  Israel, Germany, Los Angeles and, locally, the Walnut Street Theatre and People's Light and Theatre Company. He is a  Tony Award voter and is a member of a national new play selection committee handing out an annual award to an  up-and-coming playwright.

He worked as a mentor with the Philadelphia Young Playwrights' outreach program to area high schools and at one point headed up the playwriting program at the Walnut Street Theatre School.  His play "Cries in the Night" was cited in the book "The Best Plays of 1992-93," in the "New Plays From Around the Country" category. His travel articles have appeared nationally and he has worked as a travel editor for Fodor's Travel Guides.

As a screenwriter, he  was asked by filmmaker John Frankenheimer ("Birdman of Alcatraz," "The Manchurian Candidate"), with whom he then worked,  to write a script for Frankenheimer to direct.

He has moderated and taken part in national conferences both here and in New York on topics ranging from hip-hop/rap to theater to comedy and has served as a board member of film and theater arts groups.

Elkin has appeared on area TV and radio shows and served as arts critic for the cable program "Our Town." He has been cited in reference books for his investigative work on TV as an influential social medium. For his expertise in film and theater, Elkin was asked to — and did — serve as on-screen interviewer of actor Richard Dreyfuss in a documentary about the American Music Theater Festival, with which Dreyfuss was involved.

A graduate of Temple University — he also studied screenwriting at New York University and attended the University of Houston Bates School of Law — Elkin was honored to be Temple's commencement speaker in the mid-90s. He also taught journalism at Temple as well as screenwriting at La Salle University.
 

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