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After the sound and fury of the Revolution collapsed into deafening silence, the worn ways of the old world rushed into its place, eager to forget that which could not be forgiven. Some, however, cannot forget so easily, and it is in this time and place that a simple painting forces two individuals cast by fortune on opposite sides, to either reckon with their past or be devoured by it.

 

Paula Prentiss

Paula Prentiss was born in San Antonio, Texas and studied acting at Northwestern University. While in a student production of A Hatful of Rain, she was discovered by a talent scout from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and was signed to a seven-year contract. She starred in her first movie, Where the Boys Are, and then in other MGM films including The Honeymoon Machine, Bachelor in Paradise, The Horizontal Lieutenant, and Follow the Boys. Howard Hawks directed her in Man's Favorite Sport opposite Rock Hudson. She starred in The World of Henry Orient with Peter Sellers, In Harm's Way with John Wayne, and What's New Pussycat with Woody Allen. Ms. Prentiss also appeared in Catch 22, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Parallax View, Move, Crazy Joe, The Black Marble, The Stepford Wives, Buddy, Buddy, and Saturday the 14th, opposite her husband Richard Benjamin. She appeared in a cameo as Nurse Ratched's younger sister in her husband's film Mrs. Winterbourne. On TV, Ms. Prentiss enjoyed critical acclaim with her husband in their CBS television series, He and She, and has appeared in several made for television movies including The Couple Takes A Wife, Packin' It In and "M.A.D.D. -- The Candy Lightner Story. Ms. Prentiss' stage appearances include Rosalind in Joe Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival production of As You Like It, Marianna in the UCLA Theatre Group production of Measure for Measure and two off-Broadway plays, Arf and The Great Airplane Snatch. Ms. Prentiss made her Broadway debut in The Norman Conquests opposite Mr. Benjamin. She appeared in the American Repertory Theater production of Demons for Robert Brustein, then in the critically acclaimed Los Angeles premiere of Angel's Share with Salome Jens. In 1999 Ms. Prentiss starred in a four month run of Power Plays by Elaine May and Alan Arkin with her husband Richard Benjamin in New York City, where they received glowing reviews in the New York Times. Next, Paula starred in the Cape Cod Playhouse production of The Tale Of The Allergists Wife. She then starred with her husband and son in Arthur Miller's All My Sons at the Shadowland Theater in Ellenville, New York. She opened the '07 season at Boarshead Theatre in Lansing, Michigan with Mrs. Warren's Profession co-starring her daughter, Prentiss Benjamin. Paula starred in the Los Angeles production of A Majority Of One with her son Ross. In May 2009 she again starred with Ross in the Boarshead acclaimed production of The Glass Menagerie. For a benefit at Theatre 40 this spring, Paula and Richard were pleased to read the letters of Abigail and John Adams. Paula is recently returned to the big screen in the Netflix production of I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House. Paula stars opposite Ruth Wilson. The film is written and directed by Osgood Perkins. It premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. Son, Ross, graduated from Harvard University and daughter, Prentiss, graduated from Northwestern University, where her parents met in 1958. The apple does not fall far from the tree. Ross and his wife (Dr. Liz) presented Paula and Richard with their gorgeous granddaughter, Isabella, now nine years old. Not to be outdone, daughter Prentiss and 2 her husband, Max presented to Paula and Richard their grandsons: Tennessee Benjamin Shulman seven years old, Jude Philip Shulman four years old, and brand new granddaughter, Sadie Ruth Shulman, five months.

Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub is a Tony Award, Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award winning actor with a diverse and extensive resume. Most recently, he is known for his role as Abe Weissman on Amazon Prime Video's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, for which he has won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and two SAG awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series. On the Broadway stage, Shalhoub most recently starred in David Cromer's THE BAND'S VISIT at The Ethel Barrymore Theater, winning a Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical. Prior to that, Tony starred in Terry Kinney's revival of Arthur Miller's THE PRICE opposite Mark Ruffalo and Danny DeVito. Tony's other theater work includes starring in the Broadway productions of ACT ONE, GOLDEN BOY and CONVERSATION WITH MY FATHER, receiving Tony Award nominations for each performance. Tony also appeared opposite Diane Lane in Lincoln Center's Off-Broadway production of THE MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX. Tony Shalhoub is perhaps best known for his work as the obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk in the hit television series MONK for which he won a Golden Globe Award, three Primetime Emmy Awards as well as two SAG Award for his work on the show. Additional television credits include BRAINDEAD, NURSE JACKIE, TOO BIG TO FAIL and WINGS. Shalhoub's film credits include Stanley Tucci's FINAL PORTRAIT, THE ASSIGNMENT, PAIN & GAIN, MEN IN BLACK I and II, GALAXY QUEST, THE SEIGE, THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE, BIG NIGHT as well as voicing the character of 'Luigi' in the CARS franchise.

Nicky Glossman

Born and raised in New Jersey, Nicky Glossman has been writing plays since the age of 15. The same year, he won the Baker's Plays Playwriting Competition and was published by Samuel French. Since then, he has graduated from Brown University ('18), earned several other theatrical awards, and been lucky enough to have been produced throughout the East Coast. Notable workshop and production credits include The Professional (with Ed Asner), Lincoln and Grant (with Len Cariou), Legion (with John Astin), and Titans (with David Strathairn). His play Escape will premiere this fall in Baltimore.

James Glossman

Most recently directed the original Zoom productions of performances of Lia Romeo's Sitting and Talking (w/Wendie Malick & Dan Lauria), Sean Astin in Ken Weitzman's one-person play Fire in the Garden – both for NJ Rep – and then an in- person workshop of the stage version of Sitting and Talking (again with Malick & Lauria) at Durango PlayFest in August 2021. Currently directing an in-person benefit reading of Safe Home, his new play adapted from three short stories by Tom Hanks, with a cast including (among others) David Strathairn, Sharon Washington, Evelyn McGee Colbert, and Jeffrey DeMunn, at Shadowland Stages (NY), where Glossman directed the East Coast premiere of Jeff Daniels' Flint. Other recent productions include DW Gregory's Memoirs of a Forgotten Man (NJ Rep); the American premiere of Bang Bang!, new farce by John Cleese; co-wrote & directed the music-theatre piece Shostakovich and the Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy, w/multiple-Grammy-winning Emerson String Quartet and a rotating cast including David Strathairn, Sean Astin, Len Cariou, Jay O. Sanders, Jeffrey DeMunn, and Richard Thomas, in concert and festival halls around the world including Tanglewood, Ravinia, Wolf Trap, LA, and Seoul, South Korea. Adapted/Directed world premieres of Raymond Chandler's Trouble Is My Business (Portland Stage), Kate Atkinson's Behind the Scenes at the Museum (Luna Stage), and Jim Lehrer's Kick the Can, The Special Prisoner (w/William Schallert), and Flying Crows (available from Dramatic Publishing). Just pre-lockdown, directed a workshop reading of his new stage adaptation of Robert Heinlein's science fiction classic, The Door Into Summer (w/Jeff DeMunn, Evelyn Colbert & Stephen Colbert). Graduate of Northwestern University, ACT, BADA-Oxford, and Yale School of Drama. Director of Drama, Far Brook School. Lecturer, Johns Hopkins University.