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included Broadway and Off-Broadway
runs and whose television appearances
have included many series, such as Law
& Order.
"Judaism enters very tangentially
into the production. Freud is basically
an atheist at this point in his life. His
experiences being raised in a family of
Orthodox Jews enter into a few conversa-
tions about his background"
Greenberg's background had its career-
turning point when he was in high school
as he changed his mind about becoming
a geometry teacher.
"I did a lot of plays in school and was
a good mimic:' Greenberg recalls. "I used
to imitate famous people whether in their
acting or singing, and I became a class
clown doing routines to make people
laugh.
"Once, while walking down a street
with kids and doing a routine, a friend
said that I would be wasting my time if I
didn't become an actor.
"A light bulb went off in my head, and
I decided to enter the theater program
at the State University of New York at
Binghamton. As soon as I graduated, I
went to the Neighborhood Playhouse
School of Theatre in New York City to
study with Sandy Meisner and then
launched into my profession."
Greenberg has worked on a steady keel
since. His roles have included Val Skolsky
in Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Mashkan
in Old Wicked Songs and Otto Frank in
The Diary of Anne Frank.
The soon-to-be Detroit visitor, whose
parents took him to many Broadway
plays, has tried writing scripts and songs.
The interest has family precedent. A late
cousin, Robert Riskin (married to actress
Fay Wray), wrote many screenplays,
including It Happened One Night and
Lady for a Day.
Another late cousin, Roman Vishniac,
gained public acclaim for his photo-
graphs of Eastern European Jewry.
"My family goes to temple in New
Jersey," says Greenberg, married to a
librarian, Irene, and the father of a daugh-
ter, Eve. "My main recreational interest is
music, and I play several instruments:
As he gets into Freud's psyche,
Greenberg has an approach that is not
very different from the method he uses to
assume the psyche for a fictional portrayal.
"It's really one more character',' he says.
"There's almost no way to inform the
character other than the belief system
detailed in the play" 1

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