Story: What do Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel, director Steven Spielberg, Hall of Fame baseball star Sandy Koufax, actors Kevin Bacon and John Malkovich have in common with Yeshiva University, the Royal Bank of Canada, Bank Austria and the United Jewish Endowment Fund? Tragically, all were victims of financier and convicted felon Bernard Madoff’s infamous Ponzi scheme that bilked his investors out of a staggering $65 billion.
Before the annual stroll around The Galleria in search of holiday gifts both selective and silly, it’s time to contemplate what occurred on local stages in the past 12 months.
Story: Dr. Ruth Westheimer is known as a sex therapist who, at age 86, is still dispensing advice to an ever-present audience interested in matters of human bondage. That is the familiar scholar-turned-celebrity Dr. Ruth.
Story: Frances “Baby” Houseman is spending three weeks following her high school graduation in 1963 with her sister and parents at a resort in the Catskill Mountains. It’s her physician father’s first vacation in quite a while, and it’s Baby’s time to relax as well before heading off to college at Mount Holyoke, where she plans to get an education in economics before joining the Peace Corps and helping change the world.
Next year marks 60 years for the Women of Achievement Award, the longest-running program in St. Louis whose sole mission is to honor and recognize volunteer service and leadership by local women. Nominations are now being accepted.
Story: Otto Frank, a German-Jewish businessman, moves his family to Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1933 following Adolf Hitler’s ascendance to power in Germany. Otto, his wife Edith and daughters Margot and Anne remain there after the Nazis take control of most of Europe.
Story: At the Charenton asylum in France in 1807, the most notorious inmate is Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade, an aristocrat better known as the Marquis de Sade. He was born in 1740 and spent 32 years in various prisons before dying in 1814 at Charenton, where he was sent in 1801.
Story: Fanny Brice, a homely young Jewish woman from the Lower East Side of New York City in the early 20th century, is determined to succeed in show business despite her lack of head-turning looks. With considerable faith in her voice and comic skills, she auditions for a role with impresario Florenz Ziegfeld and His Follies on Broadway.
TOM VOSS has been appointed to Grand Center’s board of directors. Voss is retiring from his position as executive chairman at Ameren Corporation on July 1.
As one of the female pioneers of St. Louis PR, Joan Quicksilver—who is known not only among local PR circles, but throughout the community—has seen women go from being minimalized in the industry to now being dominant influences.
Story: You want a story? There is no story, per se. This one-act comedy consists primarily of five performers delivering old jokes, new jokes, clever jokes, silly jokes, risqué jokes and a few unfunny jokes as they ‘work the room’ for yuks and lots o’ smiles while entertaining their audience.
Prudential Alliance Realtors is pleased to welcome MARGO BEGLEY to its newly created position of creative director. Begley joined the company seven years ago as a realtor.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945, is one of the titans in American politics. Roosevelt, the blueblood, Democratic governor of New York, defeated Republican incumbent Herbert Hoover in 1932, as the nation struggled to survive in the Great Depression.
Story: To paraphrase protagonist Clifford Bradshaw, “there was a place called The Kit Kat Klub in a city called Berlin in a country called Germany…and we were all fast asleep.” Bradshaw, an American novelist wannabe, has traveled to Europe in 1929 in search of his muse, first in London, then in Paris and now in Berlin.
Story: Nothing has changed for 16 years in the relationship between brothers Victor and Walter Franz. Since their father’s death in 1952, they’ve left the Manhattan brownstone apartment where he lived untouched, as they have their own estranged communications.
Recognition of stellar productions by nearly two dozen local theater companies will take center stage when the St. Louis Theater Circle presents its second annual awards ceremony honoring the best in local professional theater, on stage and behind the scenes, on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), 524 Trinity Avenue in University City.
Story: The time is April 13, 1865, and Confederate soldier Caleb DeLeon has returned to his family’s home in Richmond just four days after the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy at Appomattox, Virginia. Caleb is the scion of a Southern Jewish family that has abandoned their home in the wake of the South’s surrender to the North.
Since moving to St. Louis, the Eberleins have equally divided their time when it comes to supporting their passions. From co-chairing events for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to Siteman Cancer Center, the couple stays busy giving back to the city.
All of a sudden it’s nearing the end of December and thoughts of New Year’s resolutions dance in our heads. Before we enter 2014, however, let’s reflect on what the past year has given us on local stages.
Story: When Ben and Franklyn met in college, they knew they’d be best friends, as in “Ben Franklin,” you know? Several years later, Ben is a successful Los Angeles businessman operating a string of ‘Big and Tall’ men’s shops, while Franklyn pays the bills as an employee of a prominent law firm run by his father-in-law. What he really wants, though, is a career as a writer, so he’s taking a night-school course to help in that endeavor.
Story: Hannah Senesh was born in 1921, the only daughter of a Hungarian journalist/playwright and his wife. After her father died when she was six years old, Hannah lived with her mother Catherine and brother Giora in Budapest. An experience with anti-Semitism in her early teens awakened her interest in Zionism. She graduated from high school on the eve of World War II and was thrilled to be accepted into the Agricultural School for Young Women in Nahalal in the British Mandate of Palestine.
Story: Set in Russia at the end of the 19th century, The Good Doctor consists of eight comic vignettes, four in each act, that present snapshots of life, mostly in Moscow, among people at all levels of society.