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Ronald Rand Will Represent The United States In The 8th Edition Of The THEATRE OLYMPICS in India

By: Jan. 28, 2018
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Ronald Rand Will Represent The United States In The 8th Edition Of The THEATRE OLYMPICS in India  ImageGoodwill Cultural Ambassador Ronald Rand has been invited to represent the United States in the Theatre Olympics, performing as Harold Clurman in his celebrated one-man show, "LET IT BE ART! Harold Clurman's Life of Passion" in Delhi at the prestigious Kamani Auditorium on February 25th, and at the Kalagram Theatre in Bangalore, India on February 27th, 2018.

Ronald Rand is currently touring in his 17th year of "LET IT BE ART!" to 23 countries and 20 states, receiving two critically-acclaimed Off-Broadway productions, across five continents in 23 countries and 20 U.S. states, bringing to life the award-winning Broadway director and author, Harold Clurman, co-founder of the famed Group Theatre, and "elder Statesman of the American Theatre." After his performances in India, he will perform and teach at the Chelovek International Theatre Festival in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

Ronald Rand's play "LET IT BE ART! Harold Clurman's Life of Passion," directed by Gregory Abels, thrusts audiences into a world of boundless passion for life and theatre, as they experience Clurman's dynamic passion, courage, and irresistible humor, for "living life to the fullest." Audiences meet a galaxy of fascinating personalities during the riveting performance including Stella Adler, Marlon Brando, Lee Strasberg, Robert Edmond Jones, Clifford Odets, Constantin Stanislavsky, and even Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis!

Mr. Rand has performed his unforgettable solo play in Tangier's Dar el-Majzen Palace in the Casbah, a grass-roofed tribal hut in Harare's Centenary Park, Minsk's Palace of Culture, Bangkok's famed Patravadi Theatre, Paysundu's regal Teatro Florencio Sanchez, and at the foot of Mt. Everest in Kathmandu.

India, organised by National School of Drama, under the aegis of Ministry of Culture of India, for the first time is hosting the 8th International Theatre Olympics over 51 days in 2018, presenting over 500 plays and 700 performances, including exhibitions, seminars, symposia, interactive discussions and workshops with well-known academicians, authors, actors, designers and directors.

The Theatre Olympics was established in 1993 in Delphi, Greece, on the initiative of the famous Greek theater director, Theodoros Tersepoulos. An international theatre festival, The Theatre Olympics promotes richness and diversity of theatre heritage in all kinds of experiments and research in the field of performing arts, contributing to the growth of international collaboration all over the world.

The Theatre Olympics have been held in Delphi, Greece - the first inaugrating edition focused around Greek tragedy; the second in Shizuoka, Japan, with the organizers creating an art village in the Japanese industrial city, Shizuoka, designed by the famous architect, Arata Isozaki, and the Performing Arts Center (SPAC) was born. The third edition of the Theatre Olympics was held in Moscow, Russia, organized in collaboration with the Chekhov International Theatre Festival, with a large-scale outdoor program - the Street Theatres Program - where forty theaters from fifteen countries were presented. The Fourth Theatre Olympics was held in Istanbul, Turkey, as a joint-festival with the fifteenth International Istanbul Theatre Festival (IITF), led by the Turkish artistic director of the IITF, Dikman Gurun. The fifth Olympics was held in Seoul, Korea, with the festival's objective to remind about the role of theater and its contributions into the process of gloalization. The sixth edition of the Theatre Olympics was held in Beijing, China focusing around the theme "Dream." divided into three parts: "In Memory of the Classics," "Vitality and Creativity" and "Audiovisual Feast." The seventh edition of the Theatre Olympics was held in Wroclaw, Poland.

According to Mr. Rand, "I am honored and humbled to be invited by the Festival Committee to perform my solo play, "LET IT BE ART!" as Harold Clurman at the Theatre Olympics in India. I have traveled across India four times sharing his great passion in several cities and villages and it has always been an unforgettable experience making new friends in one of the most beautiful countries on the earth. It is always my goal to travel in friendship and peace, creating a true sharing between people. I have found Harold Clurman's passion and ideas touch people's hearts and souls, no matter their culture or background. My work is dedicated to revealing our humanity, the human-ness of our fragile planet. Together through theater and art, a very special relationship is created in an evening of friendship. Those who attend my performance in every one of the 23 countries always have a rich sharing of compassion, love for art and life in the most stimulating way possible."

Ronald Rand U.S. Goodwill Cultural Ambassador, began his career at the age of five, appearing in over 350 plays at a professional children's theater in Florida. Upon his arrival in New York City, he soon made his Off-Broadway debut in "Julius Caesar" at BAM opposite Richard Dreyfuss, followed by numerous performances Off-Broadway, including Beckett's "Endgame" at La MaMa directed by Joseph Chaikin, and "Perfect Crime." He has toured across Europe as the Fool in "King Lear," and played the Stage Manager in "Our Town," Harry Berlin in "LUV," Polonius in "Hamlet" and Captain Keller in "The Miracle Worker" at major regional theaters across America. Mr. Rand has appeared in over two hundred films & TV shows including opposite Sean Connery and Dustin Hoffman in "Family Business," Christopher Plummer in "O'Keefe & Stieglitz," Ralph Fiennes in "Quiz Show" directed by Robert Redford, Kevin Kline in "In and Out," Angelica Huston in "When in Rome," Yoko Ono in "Homeless," and as President Nixon in "Rude Awakening." An acclaimed international director, Ronald Rand's current hit production of "LUV" continues to delight audiences in its 4th year at Sarajevo's Chamber Theatre 55, starring Zana Marjanovic, star of Angelina Jolie's film, "In the Land of Blood and Honey." The production continues to play in Sarajevo and has traveled across Bosnia, Slovenia, Serbia and Montenegro to sold-out houses, receiving awards at several festivals. Founder & Publisher of the only newspaper in America dedicated to the art and craft of theatre and all the arts, "The Soul of the American Actor," he is the best-selling author of "Acting Teachers of America" and a new book, "CREATE!" The U.S. State Departmentchose Rand as the 1st Fulbright Specialist to teach at the University of Malaya's Cultural Centre's Drama Department, University of Sarajevo's Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is the librettist of a new opera, "IBSEN" and the playwright of "The Group," a play about The Group Theatre.

Harold Clurman considered "the elder statesman of the American Theatre" was the inspiring voice of an entire generation. Co-founder of the famed Group Theatre of the 1930's with Lee Strasberg and Cheryl Crawford, considered the most significant ensemble Art Theatre in the history of the American theatre, Mr. Clurman went on to become the award-winning director of over 40 of the most important plays of the 20th century. His productions included the original productions of "A Member of the Wedding" with Julie Harris & Ethel Waters, "Bus Stop" with Kim Stanley, "A Touch of the Poet" with Helen Hayes and Kim Stanley, "Awake and Sing" and "Golden Boy," "The Dance of The Toreadors" with Ralph Richardson, "Tiger at the Gates" with Michael Redgrave, and "Uncle Vanya" with Joseph Wiseman. Clurman also directed Marlon Brando in "Truckline Café," "Montserrat" at Israel's Habimah Theatre, "Long Day's Journey into Night" with Roy Scheider in Tokyo, and "The Iceman Cometh" at Japan's Kumo Theatre Company. Author of "The Fervent Years," "On Directing," "Ibsen," his autobiography "All People Are Famous," Clurman was considered America's pre-eminent theatre critic. Harold Clurman received the Donaldson Award for Directing, George Jean Nathan Award, the Legion d'Honneur, and his writings can be found in "The Collected Works of Harold Clurman," and "The Soul of the American Actor" Newspaper.


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