Four-Time Tony Nominee Tovah Feldshuh Will Bring Her Award-Winning Performance as Golda Meir in "Golda's Balcony" to Sarah Lawrence College for Six Performances, May 29–June 1
Four-time Tony-nominee and Sarah Lawrence College alumna Tovah Feldshuh will recreate her award-winning performance as Golda Meir in "Golda's Balcony" when the acclaimed William Gibson play comes to the College's Reisinger Auditorium for six performances May 29 through June 1.
Directed by Scott Schwartz, "Golda's Balcony" is a portrait of the indomitable Meir, the Milwaukee school teacher who became Prime Minister of Israel in 1969. From the pogroms of Russia to the halls of the Knesset, Meir's life—and the play—encapsulates the dramatic story of Israel in the 20th Century. Following the performances at Sarah Lawrence, Ms. Feldshuh will debut "Golda's Balcony" in London at the Shaw Theatre for a limited run, beginning June 7.
For her work on the New York stage, from "Yentl" to "Saravà!" to "Lend Me A Tenor" to "Golda's Balcony," Tovah Feldshuh has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Obie, the Theatre World Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress (for "Golda's Balcony.") On October 3, 2004, "Golda's Balcony" became the longest-running one-woman show in the history of Broadway. Soon after the Broadway run, Ms. Feldshuh brought "Golda's Balcony" to Los Angeles' Wadsworth Theatre and San Francisco's Geary Theater in collaboration with Richard Willis and Marty Markinson for eight sold-out weeks.
Ms. Feldshuh's other shows on Broadway have included "Cyrano" (with Christopher Plummer), "Rodgers and Hart" and "Dreyfus in Rehearsal." She portrayed the title roles in the Roundabout Theatre's "She Stoops to Conquer" and "Mistress of the Inn," BAM's "Three Sisters" with Rosemary Harris and Ellen Burstyn, and played in the long-running hit "The Vagina Monologues." Off-Broadway, she starred as the legendary Tallulah Bankhead in her own "Tallulah Hallelujah!," which was chosen as one of the Ten Best Plays of the Year by USA Today. Among other roles, Ms. Feldshuh has portrayed Diana Vreeland in "Full Gallop," Jean Brodie in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie," Sarah Bernhardt, Stella Adler, Sophie Tucker, Katharine Hepburn, three queens of Henry VIII, and nine Jews from birth to death in Off-Broadway's "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh." She was most recently seen in theatres in Chicago and Ft. Lauderdale as movie icon Katharine Hepburn in Matthew Lombardo's play "Tea at Five."
Film audiences recognize Ms. Feldshuh from Fox Searchlight's "Kissing Jessica Stein," for which she won the Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress; "A Walk On The Moon" with Diane Lane and Viggo Mortensen; "Happy Accidents" with Marisa Tomei; "The Corruptor" with Mark Wahlberg; "Daniel;" "The Idolmaker" (Dir. Taylor Hackford); "Brewster's Millions;" "Cheaper to Keep Her;" "Three Little Wolfs;" "Friends and Family;" "Old Love;" "Nunzio;" "The Believer;" "Life On The Ledge;" "The Alchemist;" and "Toll Booth" (winner, Best Supporting Actress, Method Fest 2005), among others. Most recently she appeared onscreen in "O Jerusalem" in which she played Golda Meir opposite Ian Holm and Tom Conti, "Lady in the Water" for M. Night Shyamalan opposite Paul Giamatti, and "Just My Luck" with Lindsay Lohan. Films soon to be released include "Mount Of Olives" with F. Murray Abraham, "Eavesdrop" (written and directed by Matthew Miele), and "Love Life" for German actress and director Maria Schrader. She has just wrapped filming on "Buddy Gilbert Comes Alive" for Mark Erlbaum and Laura Lopez's "Baker," in which she plays the title role of ex-Vietnam and Korean War nurse Ruth Baker.
On television, Ms. Feldshuh received her first Emmy nomination for her portrayal of the Czech freedom fighter Helena in "Holocaust." She starred opposite Tommy Lee Jones in "The Amazing Howard Hughes," James Woods in "Citizen Cohn," Bill Cosby on "The Cosby Mysteries" and "The Cosby Show," and Richard Dreyfuss in "The Education Of Max Bickford." In 2004 she was nominated for her second Emmy for her work on "Law & Order" as defense attorney Danielle Melnick.
Two seasons ago, her one-woman show "Tovah: Out Of Her Mind!" sold out in London's West End at the Duke Of York's and culminated in a symphonic concert with Billy Crystal at Los Angeles' Royce Hall. The Boston Globe selected "Tovah: Out Of Her Mind!" as the best one-person show of 2000. Ms. Feldshuh created a new concert entitled "Mining Golda: My Journey to Golda Meir," which played the West End at the Savoy Theatre, the Sheridan Suites in Manchester, and the Royal Armouries in Leeds, Vodaworld in Johannesburg, and the Entertainment Centre of Sydney. Most recently she was the first artist ever to be asked to extend at the renowned Feinstein's nightclub at the Loew's Regency in her smash cabaret show "Tovah in a Nutshell!"
On the U.S. West Coast, Ms. Feldshuh starred at the Ahmanson as Regina in Lillian Hellman's "Another Part Of The Forest" and served as a leading lady for Jack O'Brien and Craig Noel at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in such shows as "Romeo and Juliet," "Two Gentlemen Of Verona," "Measure for Measure," "The Country Wife" and "Tovah: A Rush Hour Revue," where she was named an Associate Artist and won two Drama Logue Awards for her Juliet and for her first one-woman show.
Ms. Feldshuh—whose Westchester County roots include growing up in Scarsdale and attending Scarsdale High School before coming to Sarah Lawrence—has taught at Yale, Cornell, and New York universities and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in June 2005. A winner of the McKnight Fellowship to the Guthrie Theatre and the University of Minnesota, she is a supporter of Seeds of Peace, a non-profit, non-political organization that helps teenagers from regions of conflict and is the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitas Award and the Israel Peace Medal. Ms. Feldshuh is married to New York attorney Andrew Harris Levy. The have two children, Garson Brandon and Amanda Claire. See more at http://www.tovahfeldshuh.com/.
"Golda's Balcony" is performed without intermission and will play the following performance schedule: Thursday, May 29, at 8 p.m. and Friday, May 30, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 31, at 3 & 8 p.m.; and Sunday, June 1, at 3 & 7 p.m. General Admission tickets are $40 (not including service fee). Discounts are available for seniors, students with valid ID, and groups over 20 people. To purchase tickets, go to SmartTix online at https://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showCode=GOL3 (search for "Golda") or call (212) 868-4444 (available 24 hours).
Sarah Lawrence is a liberal arts college for men and women, founded in 1926, with a distinctive system of education. It is known for having one of the lowest student/faculty ratios in the country. At the core of the system are small classes, regular one-on-one student-faculty conferences, cross-disciplinary approaches and the integration of the creative arts within the curriculum.