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Military Funding vs. Funding for the Arts: What Does the Difference Say About American Values?

7 Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 01/30/12 04:06 PM ET

During World War II, Britain's finance minister recommended to Winston Churchill that they cut arts funding in order to better support the war effort. Churchill's reply was, "Then what are we fighting for?" This remark resonates with an enormous difference in values between the U.S. and Europe.

I studied...

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Unemployment Is A Lifestyle For Actors, And Now Too Many Others

4 Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 01/04/12 06:14 PM ET

Recently, I was hired by a family friend to remove the walls and flooring of a house he needed to sell. This family friend is as nice as you can get. I got the feeling he normally would have done the work himself, but he knows I'm an actor.

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Good Fortune for Off-Broadway's Manipulation

Posted July 21, 2011 | 07/21/11 03:05 PM ET

The newest developments in the run of Manipulation at the Cherry Lane Theatre include a magnificent performance by one of our talented understudies, as well as a move to television by a cast member.

For five performances last weekend, John Patrick Driscoll, our Revolutionary Soldier and fight captain, took up...

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I Love My Job

Posted July 14, 2011 | 07/14/11 06:24 PM ET

Well, as we plunge into our third week performing the play "Manipulation" at the Cherry Lane Theatre, I, too, shall jump in belatedly to share some observations.

First, the houses have been fantastic, genuinely appreciative and extremely attentive.

Second, it has been a marvelous and inspiring process. Everyone involved is...

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