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Lyle Kessler

Lyle Kessler

Lyle Kessler is the author of the internationally acclaimed play Orphans which recently received two Tony nominations for the Broadway revival starring Alec Baldwin and Ben Foster. Albert Finney won the Olivier Award in London’s West End production and Al Pacino and Jesse Eisenberg are among others who have appeared in productions of the play. Mr. Kessler’s other plays include, The Watering Place, Collision, Possession, Robbers, First Born, and Unlisted. Perp will have its World Premier in New York in March 2019, produced by the Barrow Group. Mr. Kessler is the Director of the New York Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit and is a member of the Labyrinth Theater Company. Mr. Kessler also served as Artistic Director of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab. He has participated in the Sundance Screenwriters Conference in Hungary, working with writers from all over Eastern Europe. Films include Orphans, The Saint of Fort Washington, Gladiator, and Touched, written and co-starring Mr. Kessler. Lyle and his wife, actress Margaret Ladd, who founded the Imagination Workshop at New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital, together developed a unique artistic methodology, utilizing actors, writers and directors working with hospitalized psychiatric patients, veterans and “at risk” students in N.Y. and L.A. The Imagination Workshop, the longest running Arts and Mental Health program is now located at UCLA’s Semel Institute of Science and Human Behavior. Mr. Kessler’s plays have been published by Random House, Grove Press, Samuel French and Dramatists Play Service.

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