Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Tammuz 25, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
He is heavy; he's their "Idiot Brother." The Rochlin sisters have a burden to bear in their cannabis-is-us, honest-to-a-fault, good-natured Deadhead of a brother, Ned, who'd give pot as a present to a cop if he thought the man in blue needed some ganga green uplift. Which is what he actually does, getting eight months in the slammer for his...
Soviet Snookis? Nyet, reprimands "Russian Doll" Marina, the gorgeously girlish, if somewhat garish, co-star of the new Thursday-night Lifetime series in which Russian emigres embellish their American lives with dreams that drip of riches and diamond rocks. Caviar dreams? No, they had that back in Russia and see how far it got them. But here, success is just a scimitar...
Baseball and beer. Baseball and red hots. Baseball and bragging rights. Baseball and -- Jews? It's not such a seventh-inning stretch; in fact, say many, it is -- like Roy Hobbs himself -- a natural. Maybe even biblical? "In the big inning" is the genesis of an old joke that goes back possibly to when the earth was created. Or,...
Bucks County troubadour of trauma? True to the tradition of using music as muse as a storyteller's medium, Carversville's Alec Gross has carved out a nice niche for himself as singer/songwriter with a backpack of imagery that begs to be heard. His music travels well; just give a listen to the blues-infused "Strip the Lanterns: The Night Terrors of Mr...
Why are TV's Jews so ... obnoxious? There they are, primed to offend on prime time TV: A rogue's gallery of mouths that roar and rub people the wrong way. Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Bloom! When did the nice Jews leave the TV neighborhood? Molly Goldberg would drop her brisket if she ever encountered Larry David of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." But then,...


Michael Elkin has worked as the Exponent Arts & Entertainment and Features editors for some 40 years.

He has won some 40 national and regional writing awards over his career as well as three fellowships in playwriting and screenwriting from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

His arts articles — including working as a jazz critic for the Evening and Sunday Bulletin; book reviewer for the Philadelphia Inquirer; and rock reviewer/TV writer for the Camden Courier-Post  — and op-eds have appeared throughout North America; his plays have been staged internationally, including runs in Romania — one play running for  five years —  Israel, Germany, Los Angeles and, locally, the Walnut Street Theatre and People's Light and Theatre Company. He is a  Tony Award voter and is a member of a national new play selection committee handing out an annual award to an  up-and-coming playwright.

He worked as a mentor with the Philadelphia Young Playwrights' outreach program to area high schools and at one point headed up the playwriting program at the Walnut Street Theatre School.  His play "Cries in the Night" was cited in the book "The Best Plays of 1992-93," in the "New Plays From Around the Country" category. His travel articles have appeared nationally and he has worked as a travel editor for Fodor's Travel Guides.

As a screenwriter, he  was asked by filmmaker John Frankenheimer ("Birdman of Alcatraz," "The Manchurian Candidate"), with whom he then worked,  to write a script for Frankenheimer to direct.

He has moderated and taken part in national conferences both here and in New York on topics ranging from hip-hop/rap to theater to comedy and has served as a board member of film and theater arts groups.

Elkin has appeared on area TV and radio shows and served as arts critic for the cable program "Our Town." He has been cited in reference books for his investigative work on TV as an influential social medium. For his expertise in film and theater, Elkin was asked to — and did — serve as on-screen interviewer of actor Richard Dreyfuss in a documentary about the American Music Theater Festival, with which Dreyfuss was involved.

A graduate of Temple University — he also studied screenwriting at New York University and attended the University of Houston Bates School of Law — Elkin was honored to be Temple's commencement speaker in the mid-90s. He also taught journalism at Temple as well as screenwriting at La Salle University.



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