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Anita HeadshotDespite a pandemic wiping out 6 theatrical gigs all over the world, I've still managed to stay as busy as ever, writing songs & plays, performing concerts & plays, doing podcasts & a web series, moderating panels, and even doing a "musical interview" with musical medical students! PLUS, Still Standing has been published in a fascinating anthology, and Spectacular Falls has nabbed its first booking for 2022.

Still hard at work as National Chair of SAG-AFTRA Performers With Disabilities, making more progress in TV & Live Theatre. And despite Hollywood's reluctance, indie films have brought more PWDs to the Oscars! Still serving on SAG-AFTRA Board and virtually conducting & writing songs with the fabulous Village Temple Children's Choir.



I play the hilarious Harriet Hattington in a comedic short film called Social Fitness which displays talents of artists, filmmakers & actors with disabilities.
Watch it here.



I wrote a short dramatic play with music for Roundabout Theatre's Reverb Festival, in which I act BOTH ROLES! (And filmed it myself!) Inspired by my Aussie collaborator Dan Graham, Lebensunwertes Leben: Life Unworthy of Life magically connects a survivor of the 1940 Nazi T4 program (people with disabilities) with a 95-yr-old Alzheimer's patient in an Ohio nursing home in 2020. You can watch it HERE.



Wearing my National Chair of SAG-AFTRA Performers With Disabilities Hat, I moderated this very important SAG-AFTRA Stop The Hate panel on Disability in Hollywood on April 15, 2021, introduced by Gabrielle Carteris, Jason George & Camryn Manheim: Watch it HERE.



Here's a Review of my "Musical Interview with Medical Students" at Hofstra University's Zucker Medical School, in which the students SANG their questions to the tune of my original songs from Still Standing & Spectacular Falls!

Read The Interview Here

Watch The Video of the Interview On My Videos Page


I got my first 2022 booking so SAVE THE DATE, DC AREA FOLKS!
Reston Performing Arts Center
Reston Virginia
Saturday, March 26th, 2022 at 8pm

Spectacular Falls World Premiere on 42nd Street was a “Best of United Solo Festival!”
CityGuide Article
All About Solo Article



I was featured on PBS NewsHour, singing my song "Body Of A Fighter" with the lovely Alexandria Wailes performing it in ASL!

Click here to watch



South Korea loved Still Standing!!! Here's a Seoul TV News Review:
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Times Square Chronicles celebrates the NY Emmy Award-winning documentary Miracle on 42nd Street by interviewing Manhattan Plaza residents, including moi!
Click here to read article


I was honored to appear with the likes of Blair Brown, Tamara Tunie, Laura SanGiacomo & Emily Mann in this Brave New World Rep evening of monologues by Women, in which I portrayed an elderly Holocaust survivor in a beautiful monologue entitled Guten Morgen by Cynthia Arsenault.



I am so deeply honored to be part of The Dramatists Guild TalkBack podcast series, hosted and curated by the phenomenal Christine Toy Johnson. I am surrounded by incredible female writers, and I could not be more thrilled. Click here for more info



I am very proud of the Village Temple Children's Choir who literally ROCKED my best-ever Purimspiel parody, Esther of a Hamletown, which managed to be presented just under the wire before the city shut down due to the pandemic of the century. I love these wise & wonderful kids.












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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