Having an amazing year! Spent ten glorious weeks in Chicago doing The Matchmaker at the Goodman Theatre and a sold-out performance of Still Standing at Petterino's, followed by playing Gertrude Stein in Brave New World Rep Theatre's World Premiere of Chuck Mee's The Immortals in Brooklyn. This summer I've been writing my new solo musical Spectacular Falls and dancing on one leg with Heidi Latsky Dance Company on marble pedestals around NYC! All of this added up to two cover pictures (Chicago Tribune and Equity News), a whole lot of great press, pix and a video interview to boot!
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.
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).
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
"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 Read More
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!
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.
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.
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!
And we've continued as STAR WALKERS through 2016. For me, that's 30 years of walking the AIDS Walk, NY!
On the family front, daughter Holland Hamilton is (1) performing with Village Playback Theatre, (2) running a program for 1 and 2-year-olds at 43rd Street Kids Preschool, (3) teaching Acting & Voice for 3rd and 4th graders at the Neighborhood Playhouse, and (4) being an on-site manager at Manhattan Plaza Health Club in her spare time! Husband Paul Hamilton continues to coordinate & co-host The Congregation, a NYC play reading group.