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October 8, 2007
Saroyan to Live Again on Stage
Production Revived for Saroyan Centenary
The many fans
of the high-spirited William Saroyan, a pervasive literary personality
from mid-century America, will be delighted to learn of the revival of the much lauded In My Case An Exception Should Be Made: An Audience with William Saroyan. Originally produced at the Randoph Studio in Edinburgh, Scotland, this production went on to be performed in Pennsylvania and California, and was recorded for presentation on California Public Radio. In honor of the centenary of William Saroyan's birth in 2008, playwright/actor Todd Wronski has announced the revival of his one-man performance, based on exhaustive research and including hundreds of selections from Saroyan's prolific output of public and private writings.
Todd Wronski has long been an admirer of Saroyan’s works. His personal interest began with a production of Saroyan’s Pulitzer Prize winning The Time of Your Life, which he directed 20 years ago. He agrees with the San Diego Union Tribune, which recently stated "A good dose of Saroyan is what the world needs." Wronski’s work on this project began nearly a decade ago. Securing the cooperation of Stanford University, (curators of Saroyan's archive), as well as the blessing and support of the William Saroyan Foundation, he researched and compiled over a thousand excerpts from nearly all genres of Saroyan’s work. The performance piece offers a full three-dimensionality, including the professional life, works, and opinions of the colorful character of Saroyan while maintaining the vitality, humor, and idealism that were unique to his writing. Wronski states of the script, "The material I’m working with as an actor is over 95% from the writings of William Saroyan. While some adaption has been necessary, given Saroyan’s distictive natural style, the need for much adaptation was minimal." The performance is available for booking during the late summer and early fall of 2008, corresponding with the hundreth anniversary of Saroyan's birth in October of 1908.
Wronski, in addition to teaching and directing at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is an actor, director, and playwright. His acting credits include roles with the Guthrie Theater, the Dallas Theater Center, Pennsylvania Centre Stage and New York’s Cider Mill Playhouse, and numerous performances in Edinburgh, Scotland as part of its famous Festival. He has worked on new play programs through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. His directing experience includes over 40 plays in Minnesota, Texas, North Carolina, Florida, New York, and Pennsylvania.
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Written by: Kimberly Tracey