Distinguished Performing Arts Duo Jane Alexander and Edwin Sherin to Speak at Boston University

in Arts, News Releases
October 22nd, 2007

Contact: Erin Whipple, 617-358-1688 | ewhipple@bu.edu

Boston – On October 24, award-winning actress and prominent arts administrator Jane Alexander, who currently appears on the HBO television series Tell Me You Love Me, will appear at Boston University with her husband, actor, producer, and director Edwin Sherin. They will discuss their lives and careers as they are interviewed by Robert Brustein, founding director of the Yale Repertory and American Repertory Theatres. Hosted by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, the event will mark the opening of the exhibition of the couple’s recently established archives.

Event Details
Date: Wednesday, October 24
Time: 5:30 PM reception, 6:00 PM program
Location: Metcalf Hall (2nd Floor of the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston)
Admission: Free, Open to Public, RSVP Required
Contact: RSVP at 617-353-1218
Hosted By: The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University
Website/Email: www.bu.edu/archives; archives@bu.edu

Jane Alexander is a Boston native, who discovered her love of acting while attending the Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill. In addition to HBO’s Tell Me You Love Me, Jane Alexander’s credits include the new film Feast of Love, Oscar nominations for her roles in All the President’s Men, Kramer vs. Kramer and Testament, an Emmy award for her role as FDR’s mother Sara Delano Roosevelt in HBO’s Warm Springs, her television portrayals of Eleanor Roosevelt in Eleanor and Franklin and Eleanor and Franklin: the White House Years, as well as Tony Awards for The Great White Hope and 6 Rms RivVu.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton appointed Alexander chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, the position that she held until 1997. Her book, Command Performance: An Actress in the Theatre of Politics (2000), describes the challenges she faced at the NEA when the Gingrich-led 104th Congress unsuccessfully strove to close down the organization.

Edwin Sherin began his theatrical career as an actor with the Phoenix Theatre Company and Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival, but is perhaps best known as a director of stage and screen. In the 1960’s, he enjoyed an association with the Arena Stage, where he directed several acclaimed productions including The Great White Hope which transferred to Broadway, for which he won a Drama Desk Award, a Drama Critics Award and an Outer Circle Award. Other notable Broadway credits include the 1975 revival of Sweet Bird of Youth and the 1992 production of The Visit, starring his wife Jane Alexander. In addition to directing feature films, Sherin has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in television, directing episodes of Moonlighting, Doogie Howser, M.D., Hill Street Blues and L.A. Law, among many others. From 1993 to 2000 he served as a producer and director of the Emmy award winning drama series Law & Order.

The joint exhibition of the archives of Jane Alexander and Edwin Sherin will be open for public viewing on the first floor of Mugar Memorial Library (771 Commonwealth Avenue), where it will be on display during regular library hours.

A recent Theatre Hall of Fame inductee, Robert Brustein is founding director of the Yale Repertory and American Repertory Theatres, has supervised well over 200 productions, is the author of 13 books on theatre and society and has won numerous awards both nationally and locally. He is currently a professor of English at Harvard and drama critic for The New Republic. His new play, The English Channel, debuted in Boston last month and will later appear at Vineyard Playhouse on Martha’s Vineyard. Robert Brustein’s papers are also part of the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University.

The Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University seeks to capture and document history by collecting the manuscripts from individuals who play significant roles in the fields of journalism, poetry, literature and criticism, dance, music, theatre, film, television, and political and religious movements. With collections from more than 2,000 notable figures, the Center strives to preserve the documents and make them readily available to researchers while administering all legal copyrights and restrictions. The Center also presents extensive exhibitions, seminars and tours for students, parents, alumni, various visiting groups and members of the public.

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