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Lyle Kessler


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Lyle Kessler’s Orphans has been an international success in almost every country in the world since its Steppenwolf Theater Production in Chicago and New York, directed by Gary Sinise. Albert Finney starred in London’s West End production. The Broadway revival starred Alec Baldwin and Ben Foster, directed by Dan Sullivan. Other plays include The Watering Place, Possession, Robbers, Unlisted, and Collision. His films include Orphans, Gladiator, The Saint of Fort Washington, and Touched, which he co-starred in. Mr. Kessler studied acting with Lee Strasberg and is a member of the Actors Studio and Labyrinth Theater Company where he is developing his new plays. He served as the Director of the Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab. He and Mark Rydell co-moderated the Playwright/Directors Unit of the Actors Studio West for eleven years before Mr. Kessler moved back to New York with his wife, actress Margaret Ladd. Together they developed the Imagination Workshop which brings Theater Artists in to work with hospitalized psychiatric patients. The Imagination Workshop continues to be the longest running arts and mental health program in the world.