George Street Playhouse's 2018-19 five-play mainstage season features a Tony Award-nominated play, a Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award winner set during the early days of the Civil Rights movement, a suspenseful courtroom drama, a heartwarming story of arriving in a strange land for the first time, and the world premiere of a new musical. Learn More
Mark Harelik is a writer and actor, a native Texan who grew up in the only Jewish family in the small town of Hamilton in central Texas, where his two biographical plays, The Immigrant and The Legacy, take place. In 1991, his play The Immigrant, a telling of his Jewish grandparents’ immigration to rural Texas and their first 30 years of life there, was the most widely produced play in the country. In the immediately preceding and following years, it was among the most widely produced. It has been seen at nearly every major regional theater in the country, among them, The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, The Westwood Playhouse in Los Angeles, Theater Forty in Los Angeles, A.C.T. in San Francisco, The Denver Center Theater Co., The Alley Theater in Houston, and hundreds more theaters in cities and towns large and small. The Legacy, an autobiographical sequel to The Immigrant, has been produced in Miami, Seattle, San Diego, and by The Globe Theaters in San Diego.
Jim Jack (Director) returns to directing for GSP’s mainstage following the critically acclaimed productions of My Name is Asher Lev in spring 2016 and Trying in 2018. Directing credits for GSP’s Educational Tour and Community-based programs include: Terra Incognita; Our Town Now; Gabi Goes Green!; Austin the Unstoppable; IRL: in real life; New Kid; Peacemaker; and Break the Chains. Additional New York and regional credits include: The Road; Where is Home?; The Way It Was; K2 (Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Direction); Life and Limb; The Dumb Waiter; and The Zoo Story. Jim is the Director of Education and Outreach for the George Street Playhouse.
CastR. Ward Duffy
R. Ward Duffy
R. Ward Duffy (Milton Perry) New York credits include Manhattan Theater Club, Lincoln Center, New Dramatists and the Cherry Lane Theatre among others. Regional credits include Speaking In Tongues (2012 Acclaim Award) Cincinnati Playhouse in The Park, Othello (2007 Arty Award) Pioneer Theatre Company, True West (Best Actor 2008 Best of the Suncoast) Banyan Theater Company; Rep of St. Louis, Indiana Rep, Missouri Rep, Asolo Rep, Merrimack Rep, Portland Center Stage, Old Globe, among others. Television and film credits include Madame Secretary, Blindspot, Blue Bloods, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and SVU, Shades Of Blue, You Can’t Have It All.
Lauriel Friedman (Leah Harelik) New York: Vanity Fair, The Dingdong, The Winter’s Tale (Pearl Theatre Company); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New York Classical Theatre); Fire (Theatre 54); The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Drilling Company). Regional: The Diary of Anne Frank (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Pride and Prejudice, Peter Piper (Guthrie Theater). Workshops: New York Theatre Workshop, The Lark, Abingdon Theatre Company, Workshop Theater Company, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, and more. Training: Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program and London's Globe Theatre Education.
Gretchen Hall (Ima Perry) Theatre: Broadway: Stickfly. Off Broadway: Saturn Returns, The Seventh Monarch. Regionally: A.C.T, The Old Globe, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Theater Calgary, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Westport Country Playhouse, Dorset Theater Festival, Shakespeare on the Sound, Center Stage and The Continuum Company. Television: The Blacklist, The Path, Elementary, Person of Interest, Gossip Girl, Law & Order and Lipstick Jungle. Film: The Weekend and Almost in Love. Education: BA from Fordham University, MFA from NYU Graduate Acting. Ms. Hall is a faculty member at Seton Hall University.
Benjamin Pelteson (Haskell Harelik) UPCOMING: Indecent (Oregon Shakespeare) THEATRE: 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: Homeland, The Americans, The Blacklist, Unforgettable, Law & Order, StartUp, Silly Little Game. Barrymore Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor Louis in Angels in America. BFA Carnegie Mellon.
Russian-Jewish emigrant Haskell Harelik 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 pastoral life for his family. About The Immigrant, USA Today said “the scenes evoke the rural era with the firm-handed clarity of a Jewish Horton Foote … they glow.”
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Read.Talk. See:The Immigrant is this year's Book Club selection. Package includes: A copy of the script, ticket to the performance, audience engagement guide and staff member discussion.