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Leonard Jacobs Hosts Talkback at Curse of the Starving Class 11/6


Actors and Directors Living in Brooklyn (Adlib) has announced a talkback with Leonard Jacobs of the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affiars, and former editor, The Clyde Fitch Report. The talkback will take place following the 2pm performance of Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class, directed by James Williams, on Sunday, November 6th at The Bridge Theatre in New York City. Joining Mr. Jacobs for discussion will be the cast of Curse of the Starving Class and director Williams. Set in the American Southwest in the late 1970s, dysfunctionality, alcoholism, and greed abound as the characters struggle for meaning and survival. The play testifies to Shepard's profound insight into Capitalism's contribution to the decimation of the middle class and the "American Dream."

In March 2011, Leonard Jacobs became Director of the Cultural Institutions Unit at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Previously, Leonard was an arts journalist. He created The Clyde Fitch Report, a blog covering arts and politics; served as national theater editor of the trade publication Back Stage; and was founding editor of He is also a playwright, director, dramaturge and a proud centrist Democrat.

All performances held at The Bridge Theatre, 244 West 54th Street in New York City through November 13, 2011 (Thurs.-Sat. @ 8pm, Sun @ 2pm). Tickets are $18.00 and are available at, or by phone 212-868-4444.

Cast: Kam Metcalf*, Randy Miles*, Elizabeth Swearingen*, and Michael Venzor head the cast and are supported by Justin Bennett*, Scott Cagney, Stephen Glearson*, Kirk Miller and Joe Spade.

* These actors are appearing courtesy of Actor's Equity Association.

Jim Williams is the Founder and Artistic Director of Actors and Directors Living in Brooklyn. His directing credits include Romeo and Juliet, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolff, and Beckett's Play. As an actor, Jim performed the leading role of Thomas Jefferson with Glenn Close in The Common Glory and played the roles of the Gravedigger and Fortinbras with Austin Pendelton in Hamlet. He has appeared both off Broadway and off-off Broadway since 1972.

Actors and Directors Living in Brooklyn (AdLib) was formed in March of 2010 as the Brooklyn Play Reading Group to provide opportunities for actors and directors living in Brooklyn to practice their craft. The group has evolved into a core of actors and directors dedicated to developing their work to the next level of fully staged productions. AdLib has grown to include playwrights as well as theater artists living outside Brooklyn. The group continues to meet monthly for play readings and will present a staged reading by one of our emerging playwrights in November 2011. The group consists of both well-seasoned Equity actors and those new to the theater arts. Company members are contributing such skills as stage management, lighting design, scene design, and all the other skills necessary to bring our current work to the stage. For more information, please go to

WHERE:The Bridge Theatre
@ Shetler Studios
244 West 54th Street, 12th Floor
between Broadway and 8th Ave.
New York, New York, 10019

Subway: 1, 9, C, E to 50th Street

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