Posted: May 14, 2019

Sometimes a Hand(y)man knows best 

Suddenly I find myself in a room full of lunatics and yet, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be.

I hadn’t been to the TriBeCa Film Festival in a while but, when you have a good reason to go, you go.  And when the reason is to see a new documentary about Wynn Handman, it’s not even a thought.  He’s one of my favorite Acting teachers and, at almost 97 years old, he’s still teaching (take that Energizer Bunny!).

When I started acting professionally, I knew I needed to find the best teachers possible and Wynn’s name came up constantly.  And while it took me 10 years and 3 auditions to find out why, the timing was right. 

For over 2 years, he challenged me with assignments and introduced me to many new voices, of both works he knew and writers whose plays he developed via his American Place Theater (Co-founded in 1962 with Sidney Lanier & Michael Tolan). 

And now, thanks to the efforts of Billy Lyons, his assistant and director, "It Takes a Lunatic" does a wonderful job of bringing out Wynn’s insight, spirit
and stories to life.

It felt so good to be in that room. 

Surrounded by former colleagues, collaborators and celebrities, so many wonderful memories from class came back: Wynn's singing and reciting poetry from Memory, prepping in the hallway, hanging out with current classmates and meeting new ones along the way.  It was a wonderful place to learn and simply do the work.

Whether you worked with Wynn 50 years ago or even today, there's a lineage and a legacy of which we're all a part.  And if you haven't, you're still able to enjoy the benefits of those he championed:  Sam Shepard, John Leguizamo, and Sylvia Plath -  just to name a few.

Just like then in that Studio, and now in this Auditorium, it is, was and always will be so much more - a space to meet, engage with art and ultimately share in the work.

So call me a Lunatic - I'm surrounded by Wynners and, in this moment, all is right in the world. 

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