WBGO: Benjamin Pelteson Is 'The Immigrant' With A Big Heart, The Latest George Street Playhouse Production

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A play currently running at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick tells the real-life story of a Russian -Jewish man that made his way to the United States in the early 1900’s.  The Immigrant, written by Mark Harelik, follows his grandfather Haskell’s pursuit of the American Dream.

A play currently running at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick tells the real-life story of a Russian -Jewish man that made his way to the United States in the early 1900’s.  The Immigrant, written by Mark Harelik, follows his grandfather Haskell’s pursuit of the American Dream.

Ang Santos: In studio we have Benjamin Pelteson, he plays Haskell in the George Street Production.  Benjamin thanks for joining us on the WBGO Journal.

Benjamin Pelteson: Thanks for having me.

AS: Take us through Haskell’s humble beginnings in this play?

BP: He begins his story in Russia in a pogrom in 1909. He flees some really terrible violence and comes to a small town in Texas.  Originally through Galveston but he ends up in Hamilton, Texas where he’s taken in by a banker and his wife.  He plants some roots in this country and makes a success of his time here.

AS: This is a different type of character than the one’s I assume you usually play.

Hear the full interview.