Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774

Michael Elkin

Features Editor
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At 64, should Richard Lewis soon be applying for Social Security? No need. After all, he's done quite well for himself with social insecurity , so why rely on the government now? He's relied on himself and just about every quirk, headache, and ache and pain for his paean to everyday living, fueled by his one-time fix on drugs and...
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TV dials up 9/11 as it examines the day's impact 10 years later
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"Where were you when war broke out, Daddy?" My little girl is too young to recall even a reason for that question, but make no mistake, war -- of terror and on terror -- broke out on Sept. 11, 2011. And where we were then -- daddy, mommy, daughter, son, Jew, Christian, Muslim -- and where we are now traverses...
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Ménage a Mossad? Three is not the charm as deployed in The Debt , which goes through the trials and terror of a trio of Mossad agents of the '60s inexcusably failing to execute a plan to kidnap and carry a Nazi war criminal from his disguise of a life in East Berlin to Israel for prosecution. In their failure...
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What would Madonna say? "She'd say -- 'Bring it on!' " roars Rabbi Rayzel Raphael. The rabbi is doing just that -- bringing on "Kabbalah, the Musical," to the Philly Fringe Festival for a number of performances at the Elkins Estate in Elkins Park, beginning Sept. 2. It is no mystery why Madonna -- a very vocal advocate of Kabbalah,...
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Sex and the (Sister) City? It's enough to have Carrie Bradshaw say a brachah. But this isn't Sex and the Siddur, either: What's coming to the Philly Fringe Festival is an edgy offering from Philadelphia's Sister City, Tel Aviv, putting a Smiley face on sexual sensitivity and sensibility that would shake Jane Austen to her core. Smiley (How About Some...
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Profile

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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