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January 30, 2015  RSS feed

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Israel Horovitz to direct staged reading of play at Straz

Nationally acclaimed playwright Israel Horovitz will spend a week of residency with the Jobsite Theater in Tampa in late February, culminating in a staged reading on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. of his play Sins of the Mother.

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Horovitz, described as a “national treasure,” has written more than 70 plays in as many years. Among the most popular are Line (in its 40th year in continuous performance Off Broadway), Indian Wants the Bronx, and Widow’s Blind Date. His plays often examine why men murder one another with blood-feuds arising amid school-yard taunts and the indignities of poverty spawning child-beatings and parental brawls.

He recently adapted and directed a film version of his play My Old Lady starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, and Kristin Scott Thomas. The movie was released last September. In addition, last fall he published the book Heaven and Other Poems.

Horovitz has won numerous awards for his work, including two Obies, the Drama Desk Award, the European Academy Award - Best Screenplay (for Sunshine), the Sony Radio Academy Award (for Man In Snow on BBC-Radio 4) and an award in literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He is also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from B’nai Brith and Leaderhip Award from the Governor of Massachusetts.

Jobsite hopes that Horovitz’s visit will be the beginning of an annual collaboration. The two sides have a goal of developing this relationship into one that allows Jobsite to do full mainstage productions with Horovitz in residence as playwright, director, or possibly both.

In Sins of the Mother, Horovitz will direct a quartet of Tampa Bay area actors in a play full of banter and working-class one upmanship.

Following the Feb. 21 staged reading in the TECO Theater in the Staz Center’s Patel Conservatory, there will be a meet and greet with the playwright and book signing. All seats are $25 and may be reserved in advance by emailing

Tickets will also be available the night of the show at the door. Admission is free for anyone with a Jobsite Rock Star pass. Note that the Straz Center is not selling tickets for this event.

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