In what was one of the most fertile periods in American theater, with the emergence of edgy, boundary-pushing playwrights, Parone was an artistic member of New York’s Albee-Barr-Wilder Playwrights Unit, a company devoted exclusively to the development and production of new American plays and an early pioneer of the type of new play development that has since been replicated by nonprofit theaters across the country. During this period, Parone directed the world premiere of LeRoi Jones’ signature play “The Dutchman,” and would go on to nurture playwrights such as Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson and John Guare.
In 1967 Parone joined Gordon Davidson, artistic
Mazursky’s movies have proved a springboard for several previously little-known performers, including Elliott Gould, who earned his sole Oscar nomination for “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice”; Christopher Walken, a young Adonis in “Next Stop, Greenwich Village”; and Molly Ringwald, who made her teen-aged film debut in “Tempest.”
He’s also triggered some career resurrections, including that of Art Carney, known primarily for his television work in “The Honeymooners” prior to winning an Oscar for Mazursky’s “Harry and Tonto”; and Richard Dreyfuss,
The man who became the world's most recognizable athlete was a baby sitter, a jokester and a dreamer in the predominantly black West End neighborhood of Louisville where he grew up and forged lasting friendships while beginning his ascent toward greatness.
Now, as the iconic boxer slowed by Parkinson's disease prepares to turn 70 next week, he's coming home for a birthday bash at the downtown cultural center and museum that bears his name. The private party Saturday night will double as a fundraiser for the 6-year-old Muhammad Ali Center, which promotes ideals of tolerance, respect and individual achievement. The birthday party will highlight a weeklong extended
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