BWW Interview: Benjamin Pelteson in THE IMMIGRANT at George Street Playhouse

The Immigrant, a heartwarming story inspired by the real experiences of a Russian-Jewish emigrant to the United States, will be performed at George StreetPlayhouse in New Brunswick from March 12 through April 7.

Written by Mark HarelikThe Immigrant, based on the life of his Russian-Jewish grandfather, tells the story Haskell Harelik, who arrives at the port of Galveston, Texas in 1909 seeking refuge from his homeland. With only his banana cart in tow, Haskell finds compassion and friendship from an unlikely couple, falls in love, and creates a life for his family in pursuit of the American dream.

The show is taking the stage under the direction ofGeorge Street Playhouse's Director of Education Jim Jack. the show will star Benjamin Pelteson as Haskell. The cast also includes Gretchen HallLauriel Friedman, and R. Ward Duffy. had the pleasure of interviewing Benjamin Palteson about his career and The Immigrant.

Benjamin Pelteson's theatre credits include Photograph 51 (EST), The Mines of Sulphur(City Opera), Wikipedia Plays (Ars Nova), King Lear, Cymbeline, Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window (Oregon Shakespeare), Disgraced (Denver Center), Merchant of Venice(Shakespeare Theatre), Peter and the Starcatcher, Dracula, Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Murder of Isaac (Baltimore Centerstage), Angels in America(Wilma Theater), Lady Windermere's Fan (Williamstown), Hamlet (Capital Rep) others. TV credits include HomelandThe Americans, The Blacklist, Unforgettable, Law & Order, StartUp, and Silly Little Game. Barrymore Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor Louis in Angels in America. UPCOMING: Indecent (Oregon Shakespeare). Benjamin holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon.

Who was the very first person to recognize your talent for acting?

When I was four or five, I remember doing an impression of Robin Leach from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous that made my parents laugh. Shortly afterward, I was enrolled in a summer drama camp for wayward and mouthy children.

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