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Between Two Palms invites you to view a live stream discussion and Q & A with award-winning theater, television and film personalities like KENNY LEON (JUL 22), TONY SHALHOUB (JUL 29), JANE KACZMAREK (POSTPONED UNTIL AUG 26), ANIKA LARSEN (AUG 12) and MARISA TOMEI (AUG 19) the next five guests in our series. Leading these conversations is The Studios of Key West Artistic Associate, Jeffrey Johnson and Williamstown Theater Festival’s Chairman of the Board.
Jul 22-Aug 26. Wednesdays evenings, 6pm – talks last approx. 1 hour.
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A series of intimate online conversations with arts & theater luminaries.
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You know them from hit TV series like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Monk and Malcolm in the Middle, plus blockbuster films like The Avengers, The Big Short, Untamed Heart, Spy Kids and Big Night, as well as Broadway plays and musicals like Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and A Raisin in the Sun.
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KENNY LEON (Director) is a Tony Award-winning Broadway and television director. Most recently, he directed the Broadway premiere of Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize winning masterpiece, A Soldier’s Play. He also directed The Underlying Chris at Second Stage Theatre Company and last summer’s acclaimed production of Much Ado About Nothing at the Delacorte/ Shakespeare in the Park. Broadway: A Soldier’s Play; American Son; Children of a Lesser God; Holler If Ya Hear Me; A Raisin in the Sun (Tony Award; 2014); The Mountaintop; Stick Fly; August Wilson’s Fences, Gem of the Ocean and Radio Golf. Off-Broadway: Everybody’s Ruby, Emergence-See! (The Public), Smart People (Second Stage). Television: “American Son” (adapted for Netflix), “Hairspray Live!,” “The Wiz Live!,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Dynasty,” “In My Dreams.” Author, “Take You Wherever You Go.” Artistic director emeritus, Kenny Leon’s “True Colors Theatre Company.”
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TONY SHALHOUB is an actor who is instantly recognizable from his Emmy-award winning role as Abe in Amazon Studios The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and as Adrian Monk, the detective in the TV series, Monk from 2002-2009 for which he won three Emmy Awards having been nominated eight times. He was also awarded a Golden Globe for Monk, and a combined six Screen Actors Guild awards for Monk and The Amazing Mrs. Maisel. From 1991-1997 he played the romantic taxicab driver Scarpacci in the NBC series Wings. His over fifty film roles have included Men in Black I & II, Spy Kids and Cars films, as well as The Siege, Galaxy Quest, Quick Change, Barton Fink and Big Night. His many Broadway appearances include The Band’s Visit for which he was awarded the 2018 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Other Broadway roles included Tony nominations for Act One, Conversations With My Father and Golden Boy for which he also received a Drama Desk nod. Mr. Shalhoub is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
JANE KACZMAREK is best known for playing Lois on Malcolm in the Middle for 7 award winning seasons. Her television career began with The Paper Chase and Hill Street Blues after graduating from the University of Wisconsin and the Yale School of Drama. In New York she’s appeared both on and off Broadway and for 6 seasons at Williamstown Theatre Festival, with Alfred Molina in And No More Shall We Part, S. Epatha Merkerson in The Roommate and Tell Me I’m Not Crazy with the late Mark Blum. L.A.credits include Kindertransport, (Ovation Award), Raised in Captivity (LA Drama Critics Award), Good People (Ovation nominee) , The Stage Manager in Our Town with Deaf West Theatre and again with Mr. Molina in A View From the Bridge (BBC radio) and Long Day’s Journey Into Night filmed and available for viewing on Broadway HD. Ms. Kaczmarek’s foundation Clothes Off Our Back raised over $4 million for children’s charities by auctioning celebrity apparel. A mother of 3, she serves on the Board of The Pasadena Conservatory of Music, Pasadena Educational Foundation and the Pasadena Playhouse.
ANIKA LARSEN created the role of Cynthia Weill in the multi-award winning musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical which ran for almost five years on Broadway. For her performance she was awarded the Drama Desk Award and nominated for a Tony Award. The actress and singer debuted on Broadway in Rent going on to appear on Broadway as Kate Monster/Lucy Slut in Avenue Q, All Shook Up and Xanadu. Her multiple appearances Off-Broadway and in Regional Theaters include a Lucille Lortel Nomination for her appearance in the musical Zanna Don’t! The versatile singer performs a variety of styles of jazz, pop, Latin and Broadway tunes with her husband, trumpeter Freddie Maxwell, in the Larsen/Maxwell Quintet including performances at Feinstein’s 54-Below. She has also served as Adjunct Theatre Arts Faculty at SUNY New Paltz. Larsen is set to return to Broadway in the musical adaptation of Cameron Crowe’s film Almost Famous, playing the forward-thinking yet hyper vigilant widowed mother, Elaine. The musical opened last fall at the Old Globe in San Diego to outstanding reviews.
MARISA TOMEI continues to bridge the gap between rich, dramatic performances and smart, comedic turns. Marisa won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mona Lisa Vito in My Cousin Vinny subsequently earning Oscar nominations for In the Bedroom and The Wrestler. She recently starred as Serafina in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of the acclaimed Tennessee Williams play The Rose Tattoo, marking her return to the Broadway stage, having previously appeared in Wait Until Dark, Salome, Top Girls and The Realistic Joneses for which she was awarded a Drama Desk Award. She recently wrapped production on Netflix’s action film, Sweet Girl, where she appears alongside Jason Mamoa and stars in Universal Pictures’ The King of Staten Island from Judd Apatow which was released nationwide in June, 2020. Other notable films include: The Big Short, Love is Strange, Crazy Stupid Love, Ides of March, Loitering with Intent, Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, What Women Want, Happy Accidents, and Slums of Beverly Hills. Tomei is a founding member of the Naked Angels Theater Company in New York City.