Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
'The Queen' writer, playwright now poses 'Frost/Nixon' as a compelling tale of the tapes
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Of writing royalty and royalties: From "The Queen" to "The Last King of Scotland" to the imperial presidency of Richard M. Nixon, writer/raconteur Peter Morgan courts jesters and palace potentates with the aplomb of an insider with insight. On a filmic first-name basis with Queen Elizabeth and "Idiot" Amin -- two real-life "regals" who captured Oscars just two months ago...
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There are some hot Holocaust numbers in the anything-but-little "Black Book," Paul Verhoeven's Dutch treat of a film that he calls on to reassess how much more hollow was Holland's role in helping the Resistance movement than previously recognized. What would Anne Frank say? Or, for that matter, do? For one, she would need to put her hands over her...
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Now playing left flanken for the Philadelphia Eaters ... No, don't expect to see Dave Lieberman on the playing field at the Linc anytime soon -- unless it's decked out with a linen tablecloth and upright chairs -- if not uprights. Spike the ball? Maybe the punch, but, please, only with a good Pinot. Philly native son Lieberman is the...
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Producer from Melrose Park tackles Tony project
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Todd Shotz is working on the side of the "Angels." "That's true, but let's be clear," he kibitzes as the baseball season swings into action, "that it's not the California Angels. I'll always be a Phillies fan." He's learned to play ball in the bigs as a Hollywood heavy-hitter. But it's the "Wrestling" arena where his tag-team match is playing...
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Rock 'n' Rollins and ... roots. It all comes together in a sand-swept season premiere of the rockin' "The Henry Rollins Show," airing Friday, April 13, on cable's IFC. The alternative rocker, who alternates between muses of musician/writer/talk-show showman, brings his tattooed tawny self to Tel Aviv, where his parade of punk poetry and right-on raps on the rites and...
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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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