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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-05-09

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Renowned author Ann Roiphe creates a work
for the stage that will help benefit programs supported
by the Michigan Region of Womens American ORT.

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this subject matter of heroism and sac-
rifice for war. ),
Guttman also is producing this
drama, building on his acting experi-
ence that includes starring with
Annette Bening in the play Coastal
Disturbances, appearing in the feature
film The Guru and being cast in
episodes of Law and Order.
Although this is a staged reading,
there will be elements of costumes and
special lighting. The text also will be
peppered with some music.
"Having three Jewish soldiers does
make this play more pertinent to

nne Roiphe, who has
brought six of her books to
different sessions of
Michigan's annual Jewish
Book Fair, soon will be introducing a
play at a West Bloomfield temple.
Roiphe will conduct discussions
after the staged reading of When
Purple Hearts Turn Black and Blue, a
four-character exploration of the
effects of war over the centuries.
The drama, recently performed in
New York, will benefit
the programs. support-
ed by the Michigan
Region of Women's
American ORT as it
helps fund interna-
tional schooling. The
event begins 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 14,
at Temple Shir
Shalom, where there
will be a strolling buf-
fet and dessert after-
glow as part of the
Left: Author/playwright Anne Roiphe: "The theme of this
fourth annual Visions
play is the horror that man inflicts upon man with the
of Hope fundraising
evil of war." Right: Actor/producer Ronald Guttman:
"It's an unusual idea to confront issues from the point
"The theme of this
of view of the Angel of Death."
play is the horror that
man inflicts upon man
with the evil of war," says Roiphe,
Jewish audiences, but it's still universal
whose books include If You Knew Me,
in its ideas," says Guttman, a Roiphe
Generation Without a Memo?), and The
neighbor who has worked closely with
Pursuit of Happiness.
the writer to bring this production to
"I am not a pacifist and believe that
Michigan. "It makes us look at ene-
sometimes war is necessary, but I do
mies in a different way."
think that the things we tend to die
With this event, the Michigan
for — a nation, honor, ideas — are
Region of ORT is raising funds for a
sometimes not worth the deaths that
global, nondenominational network of
follow in their wake."
800 vocational and technological
The play features Ronald Guttman
schools and programs, which serve
as the Angel of Death and presents
290,000 students in 60 countries.
him announcing the end of life to
Dana Burnstein and Linda Sahn are
three Jewish fighters — at Masada dur- co-chairs of the event with Barbara
ing the Roman Empire, in France dur-
and Bernard Stollman as honorary
ing World War II and on the streets of
Hebron in this time of terrorism.
"ORT needs additional funds to
"It's an unusual idea to confront
increase support for its schools in
issues from the point of view of the
Israel, its flagship country besieged by
Angel of Death," says Guttman, whose terrorism, and in Argentina, where the
career has included stage, film and TV economy has crashed," Bernard
roles. "Audiences have been riveted by
Stollman says.

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