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Vol. 1, Ed. 6

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A FUNNY THING HAPPENED
...ON THE WAY TO BROADWAY

In 2005, Star Publish's Marketing Director, Janet Elaine Smith, "met" (via e-mail and phone) Dino  Kartsonakis, well known Christian pianist, who is sometimes called "the Liberace of the evangelical world," after he appeared on a TV special, announcing that a life-long dream of his was about to come true. He was going to perform at Carnegie Hall. He told Janet that he used to walk past the huge venue when he was a little boy, holding his mother's hand, telling her that one day he wanted to play there. At last, he would be performing there on Dec. 15, 2005.
The following is from an article about his performance.
"On December 15 in the Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, enthusiasm was high; it was evident that for many, the concert A Christmas Celebration, Starring and Hosted by Dino Kartsonakis, was a high point in the holiday celebration. There was something for everybody.

Dino Kartsonakis, The Manhattan Pops Orchestra and Chorale, Bob Krogstad, Conductor, and Special Guests Cheryl Kartsonakis, Dino’s wife, and the Christian Cultural Center Choir put on a show that lifted everyone’s spirits. Cheryl’s accomplished voice gave extra meaning to the evening’s selections and her easy repartee with Dino provided a backdrop of familiarity that charmed the audience. Several of the selections had piano arrangements by Dino.

The evening was dedicated to Dino’s first muse, his mother, Helen Kartsonakis, who always wholeheartedly supported his interest in music. Dino remembers his mother walking him from 63rd Street to 113th Street in Manhattan every Saturday for his piano lessons. As his tenth selection, just before intermission, Dino played his special arrangement of the moving hymn, Down From His Glory, her favorite.

What does that have to do with Star* Publish? If anyone were to guess, they would probably imagine that two Star* authors, Lance Davis and Susan Meron, might have dreams of appearing on Broadway.
However, a funny thing happened on the way to Broadway. They published two books that compliment each other perfectly.
Lance has written Family Classics: Midsummer Night's Dream/The Mi$er, of which he says, "My vision is to delight family audiences with one-hour professional broadstroke versions of classic plays, adapted just for them, before they are bored to tears by grownup productions."
Susan, on the other hand, has written Your Name Here: A Writer's/Actor's Guide to Solo Performance. She describes it as "an essential barebones guide to getting your own solo play into the world. For actors, writers and public speakers of all kinds."  

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Lance Davis

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Susan Merson

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
 
LANCE DAVIS is a professional actor, director, producer and writer. He received a BA in Theater from the University of Notre Dame, and an MFA as a McKnight Fellow at the University of Minnesota. He also studied at L’Universite Catholique de L’Ouest in Angers, France. He trained in the classics at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater for five years. He has appeared On, Off, and Off Off Broadway in over 100 professional productions, as well as in feature films and television. Lance and his wife, actress Mary Chalon, are the founders of Parson’s Nose Productions, a professional theater company in South Pasadena, California, devoted to classical theater for family audiences, which performs at the Geffen Playhouse, the Pasadena Playhouse, and in schools throughout the Los Angeles County.
 
SUSAN MERSON is an award winning actress, writer and theatre producer. An original cast member of the longest running Off Broadway play in history, VANITIES, she has appeared on Broadway, Off Broadway, and in many television and feature films. She co-founded the LA Writers Bloc with director/writer Jane Anderson, has developed all of her plays at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in NY and LA and has toured her eight solo plays across North America, Europe and Israel. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.
 
For reviews of the books, click here.

 
 
 
STAR* AUTHORS HEADLINE MINNESOTA EVENT
 
Carolyn Howard-Johnson and Roger Storkamp left the sunny climes of the south for the premature snowy scene in Minnesota, where both will speak at the Sinclair Lewis Conference.
Good luck to both of you, and let your Star shine brightly!

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