The Los Angeles World Premiere of MEISNER, a one-man show about one of the worlds most influential and respected teachers of acting, Sanford Meisner was the smash-hit of Hollywood this summer – playing to sold-out audiences throughout the two-month run.
Written by Meisner’s last teaching protégé’, Jim Jarrett, the tour-de-force play opened the previous summer at the historic Magic Theatre to rave reviews and more sold-out shows. Next MEISNER heads to New York, London and Edinburgh this summer.
Through Jarrett’s passionate play “Sandy’s” classroom literally comes to life – the same classroom where seats were filled for over a half century by the likes of Gregory Peck, Geraldine Page, Grace Kelly, Joanne Woodward, Robert Duvall, Steve McQueen, Diane Keaton, John Cassavettes, Eli Wallach, Jeff Goldblum, Mary Steenburgen, Susan Sarandon, Sydney Pollack, David Mamet, Mark Rydell and all the rest who’ve gone on to change the world of acting, theater and film.
Simply put, Sanford Meisner was a man of passion and integrity for the craft of acting – as evidenced from the following excerpt from the play – "Life beats down and crushes our souls and theater reminds us that we have one, at least the type of theater I’m interested in — that is, theater that moves an audience. Actors have the opportunity to literally impact the lives of people if they work on material with integrity. But these days, most actors simply want to be famous. Being an actor was never supposed to be about fame and money. Being an actor is a calling because you’ve been given the ability, the gift to inspire humanity. Think about that on the way to your Soap Opera audition."