Friday, August 29, 2014 Elul 3, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
"The X-Files" meets the Exodus? The truth is out there. Truthfully, laughs Simcha Jacobovici of his daring documentary, "I hadn't thought of it that way. But, yes, yes, it is." The star here is history not Mulder and the Cigarette Man is overshadowed by smokescreens thrown up by naysayers, who question Jacobovici's key contention: The Exodus really did happen. And...
It's a 60s' love-in! But these lovers are more apt to throw a hip than be called hippie. And it's not just a 60s' love-in; some are in their 70s, too. "The Boynton Beach Club" is for those golden oldies who have paid their dues in life and love, and are still looking for a record club to call their...
Oliver Stone's compelling 9/11 film calls on history
Maria Bello knows firsthand from a history of violence. The award-winning actress ("A History of Violence") and Norristown native digs through the debris of emotional destruction, sifting through the rubble of a role that led her to "World Trade Center." "I was there that day," and in no way does one question what she means by "that day." "I saw...
It's a small world, after all. And playwright Marc Goldsmith welcomes one and all to its big-time parameters -- without the annoying tune. Goldsmith's "Danny Boy" is caught between being a boychick/man, a little big man who feels his dwarfism shortchanges any chance he has at a love life. It's not that love never means having to say you're sorry;...
Cherry Hill Broadway star ready to take it to the Mann
He is the Jewish Jersey Boy, with a voice too good to be true; but a true treat it is, at once operatic and opulently contemporary. Indeed, while other Jersey Boys hit the heights with falsettos, there isn't a false note in the lyrical lexicon that belongs to Cherry Hill's Aaron Lazar. So, how did a guy who started out...


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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