THEATRE SPOKEN HERE by Morna Murphy Martell

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Industry Arts
Occupation Playwright & Theatre Reviewer
Location Hollywood, California, United States
Introduction Born in UK, started in theater as actress on Broadway then playwright/director in UK & the USA, Broadway Critic for The Hollywood Reporter in the 1980s. Artistic director at theatres in NY and Hollywood. Wrote musicals with ASCAP composer-lyricist husband, Ralph Martell, all produced in NY & California. For 10 years directed outdoor Shakespeare in Manhattan through NY Dept Cultural Affairs. Play HARRIET TUBMAN HERSELF starring Christine Dixon, now in its 9th year. Contest winner for plays in Okla, W, Virginia & Texas. Books CLASSICS 4 KIDS and SHAKESPEARE IN AN HOUR published by Shakespeare, Inc. AWARDS: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) playwriting grant; 5 grants for children's musicals and 8 NY/DCA for Shakespeare productions. Member DGA, AEA & LA Press Club. Lectures on "The Impact of Yiddish Theatre on American Theatre." Co-founder NY Women in Film & TV. Monthly theater column in NOT BORN YESTERDAY California senior paper. Email:
Interests Live Theater, Shakespeare, Autobiographies, History, The New Yorker, Original works, Yiddish Theater
Favorite Movies All the Monty Pythons, The Sound of Music, Judy Garland's A Star is Born, Kubricks's Lolita, Dumb and Dumber, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Lawrence Olivier's Hamlet & Richard III, Wetherby, more to come...
Favorite Music Ralph Martell (Check his Channel on YouTube), Michael Jackson, Susan Boyle, Barry White, Adele, Nina Simone, songs by Harry Chapin and Jim Webb, Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge, Susan Graham's Ave Maria
Favorite Books Three Men in a Boat, The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment, The Meaning of Shakespeare (2 books), Shakespeare A-Z, Language in Thought and Action, Bertrand Russell's The Conquest of Happiness

Which actor would you name as your favorite Hamlet? Lawrence Olivier - but never got to see Ralph Fiennes' version on Broadway - to my eternal regret.