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June 19, 2015  RSS feed

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Horovitz play in response to Charlie Hebdo murders coming to Tampa July 12

Israel Horovitz Israel Horovitz A one-act play, Breaking Philip Glass, written by Israel Horovitz in response to the Charlie Hebdo murders in France, will be performed on Sunday, July 12 at 6 p.m. in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for Performing Arts in downtown Tampa.

Jobsite Theater, official resident theater company of the Straz Center, will showcase Horovitz’s new play, which runs just under 30 minutes, as part of the Playwrights for a Cause project, which benefits the National Coalition Against Censorship. The play had its world premiere in New York on June 14 as part of an evening of new works addressing censorship entitled “Playwrights for a Cause.”

In Breaking Philip Glass, Paul confronts a gallery owner about recently discovered erotic photos – and the main female subject happens to be Paul’s mother. Though the gallery does not have permission from the family to use the photos, the gallery intends to exhibit the work done by a worldrenowned photographer.

A discussion of Breaking Philip Glass will take place after the Tampa performance.

This is the second collaboration between Jobsite and Horovitz. The company first presented a special evening with the legendary playwright in February with a “rehearsed reading” of his Sins of the Mother that featured a talkback, poetry reading, and book signing with Horovitz afterward.

Horovitz’s more than 70 plays have been translated and performed in more than 30 languages worldwide. He was born in Wakefield, MA, the son of Hazel Rose (née Solberg) and Julius Charles Horovitz, a trucker who became a lawyer at age 50.

Horovitz has five children: film producer Rachael Horovitz, television producerdirector Matthew Horovitz, composer/performer Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys, grad student Hannah Horovitz and writer/ filmmaker Oliver Horovitz. He is married to Gillian Adams, former English national marathon champion and record-holder.

Breaking Philip Glass will follow a performance of Ken Ferrigini’s Occupation, a play set in 2017, when the United States’ crippling debt to China is resolved by selling off Florida to the Chinese.

Jobsite is inviting audiences to take in a double feature of both shows or to just come to the reading.

This event is free to anyone with a ticket to Occupation or with a $5 donation at the door. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. E-mail to ensure a seat.

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