Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
Marc Levin uses an anti-Semitic screed as a jumping-off point to examine hatred
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Just what were the protocols Marc Levin considered when making "Protocols of Zion"? "The whole concept was to take it to the streets," he says of his street theater of a film that opens on Friday, Nov. 25 at Ritz theaters. Handicam at hand, the documentary-maker addressed the concerns of anti-Semitism in post-9/11 America while using the infamous - and...
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"The Ark" of triumph? Sounds good to Joe Baker, musical and orchestration director of off-Broadway's singular two-by-two offering at the 37 Arts Theater, where "Just say Noah" takes on implications that Nancy Reagan probably never considered. "Animal House" for the new millennium? "It's more about Noah and his family in crisis," says Baker, "and what it's like to share one...
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Are "The Aryan Couple" the "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" of anti-Semitic Hungary? "Yes, for sure, they are," laughs John Daly, director/producer/co-writer of the former, opening in the area on Friday, Nov. 18. Both cute cinematic couples are breathing martyrs to murder and are married to mystery. Yet Kenny Doughty and Caroline Carver - the Aryan twosome - are no Brad...
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There's got to be a mourning after. Certainly will be for Richard Clarke, whose shipwreck of a shipboard romance with the masseuse can't hold water to the troubles he's about to face with his other cabin roommate - his wife. Is it all worth an all-steam ahead bedroom scene that literally turns his world upside-down? Such are the conundrums facing...
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Andrew Lloyd Webber - watch your back! This "phantom" of the footlights is the real thing: Showtune showman Ari Sussman , 12, a sixth-grader at Saligman Jewish Middle School, made his professional debut at the piano, playing Broadway hits during the dinner interlude of a special event at Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, in Elkins Park. Not only that, Ari's in...
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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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