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Anita HeadshotLots of great news below about Still Standing (upcoming shows), Spectacular Falls (work in progress), a Broadway World nod, and even a Russian performance!

Still hard at work as National Chair of SAG-AFTRA Performers With Disabilities, making huge progress in TV & Live Theatre (while Hollywood Film remains largely in the dark ages). Also serving on SAG-AFTRA Board and conducting & writing for the fabulous Village Temple Children's Choir. Take a look!
 



After 26 years of performing my original solo musical Still Standing I finally booked a month-long run at the beautiful New Repertory Theatre in Boston, complete with performer AND writer contracts! All of this thanks to the wonderful Jim Petosa, who directed me at the Olney Theatre 23 years ago and presently helms the New Rep. Which goes to show you how valuable it is to always keep in touch with the great people you work with
Click Here for details of the Feb 9-March 3, 2019 run.
AND Click Here for news about the show playing in Reston VA on May 8, 2019.











Other recent performances have included The Artificial Jungle by Charles Ludlum, directed by Everett Quinton (which got an Off-Broadway Theatre Alliance nomination for Best Revival of a Play), On The Town (gorgeous anniversary production at the Martha Graham studios), and An Evening of Rodgers & Hart which somehow landed me a nomination for a Broadway World Best Cabaret Performance Award. Surprisingly I was ranked next to Audra McDonald, Bebe Neuwirth and the late Marin Mazzie! And in March 2018 I was thrilled to be honored with André DeShields at one of Bobbie Horowitz's Cabaret tributes at Don't Tell Mama. Holland and I sang The Story Goes On and then I played for André singing None of Us Are Free (which I actually taught him a while back!).



Somewhere along the line I also made a short film, too! It's called The Look List and it was featured in the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge, as well as a finalist in Australia's Focus On Ability Film Festival. I directed the wildly diverse & talented cast and also wrote the catchy theme song at the end, which happens to be inSpectacular Falls! Here's a link to watch the 5min film:



The Hollander People (Celia, Rev Rachel, Charlie, Holland & I) have been singing & playing my original Shabbat prayer settings at synagogues in several cities, including Concord MA, Canton and Cleveland OH, several times at our old stomping grounds, Fairmount Temple. We've been warmly welcomed and have so enjoyed singing and playing together as a family again. There's no harmony like family harmony!



And speaking of Family, we are adding a new member to OURS! The wonderful Danny Kessler is engaged to our marvelous daughter Holland Hamilton. Both are finishing up their Masters degrees (NYU & Bank St College). Holland has already been teaching full time at Friends Seminary as well as Neighborhood Playhouse and performing with Village Playback Theatre, while one of Danny's educational games got picked up by a National Games Show and his new play is taking shape as well. Paul recently performed in Twelfth Night in Central Park with Boomerang Theatre and continues to co-host The Congregation, a NYC play-reading group.


The Matchmaker,' gives disability the spotlight it's too often denied...

Hollander, Now 60, is appearing in the Goodman Theatre's production of Thornton Wilder's "The Matchmaker," which begins preview performances Saturday and opens March 14. She plays three characters: an 80-year-old housekeeper in a wheelchair, a musician in her 20s and a good-natured cook.

I was the COVER STORY for the Arts & Leisure section of the Chicago Tribune! Read More in Chicago Tribune

 


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American Theatre Magazine commissioned me to write and article for them.
Read It Here!

 

And Chicago Magazine featured me with Michael Patrick Thornton.
Read it Here!



Had a great sold-out crowd for Still Standing at Petterino's, the restaurant at the Goodman Theatre.

Thanks to Denise McGowan Tracy (director of the entertainment at Petterino's) and Henry Wishcamper (my fabulous Matchmaker director at the Goodman).


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Thanks to Christine Toy Johnson, my picture was included on the cover of Equity News Magazine with a whole bunch of great examples of diverse casting on stages all over the country.

And thanks to Rob Rotman of ADAPT and CAN-TV, I had a marvelous video Interview while still in Chicago: Watch it here!


I got a few great mentions in reviews.

"The supporting cast of Lawrence E. DiStasi, Anita Hollander and Ron Rains add class to the proceedings..." CHICAGO THEATRE BEAT
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"Another ingenious turn comes from Anita Hollander, who plays a multitude of roles (an elderly Gertrude, a pianist, Flora Van Huysen’s cook); Ms. Hollander, an amputee, is easily one of the most mobile entities next to Behzad Dabu’s table-hopping young Barnaby. This and more makes “The Matchmaker” the ultimate arena to play with audience expectation." SPORKABILITY.ORG
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Back in New York, in May 2016,I got to play Gertrude Stein in the World Premiere of Chuck Mee's Picasso's Masterpiece with Brave New World Rep. And I landed in this fabulous piece written by Esme Mazzeo on Wordpress about Disability in Media.


Yes, that's me on a marble pedestal in lower Manhattan, dancing at Summerstreets with Heidi Latsky Dance. We also inaugurated the magnificent new Hurleyville Performing Arts Center in upstate New York. What an experience, being a 1-legged ballerina scultpure! Harrowing but fun!

 


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August 2016 marked my 30th year of composing & performing new music for the Village Temple (NYC), where I also arrange, conduct, play piano and sing with the Village Temple Orchestra and the marvelous Children's Choir. In June we recorded our latest original choir song, SHARE THE WORLD, which we premiered at historic Judson Church in Greenwich Village. It's about welcoming immigrants, and we say the world "Welcome" in 20 languages. And at Judson we also added American Sign Language, thanks to choir alumna Rebecca Dorzback. VT Orchestra has included Daniel Stein, Eli Salamon-Abrams, Marina Kifferstein, Holland Hamilton and Lisa Loren. Watch "Share The World" on YouTube here.


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Every November I continue to perform with the fine actors of Urban Improv, doing workshops with Boston school kids (4th-12th grade), singing and improvising about disability. Here are a few of the wonderful high school students.


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May 2014: The Wooden Shoe team once again raised just about $10,000 for the AIDS WALK NY and all 3 of us were Star Walkers. I was actually featured on the  NPR news coverage of the 2014 Walk, which was heard far and wide! 

NPR soundbyte - Please give a listen!

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And we've continued as STAR WALKERS to this day. For me that's over 32 years of walking the AIDS WALK NY on one leg!


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