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FINKS by Joe Gilford

EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 5th!

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"A bracing play about McCarthyism by Joe Gilford. Aaron Serotsky is terrific. Miriam Silverman is giving an attention-getting turn in the kind of role actresses live for." - The New York Times

"Forget blue jokes; the humor in Finks, Joe Gilford’s farsighted yet tender tribute to his blacklisted parents, is distinctly red. But it’s part of what makes this play, directed with vitality by Giovanna Sardelli, a nifty bit of theater. The eight-person ensemble is uniformly strong and as Gilford tries to understand why some of the accused betrayed friends to keep their livelihoods, he demonstrates a pluck similar to that of his parents." - Time Out New York

"Joe Gilford's impassioned, autobiographical FINKS directed with concomitant fervor by Giovanna Sardelli and dressed with period accuracy by Sydney Maresca, is a testament to the parents who managed to maintain their indomitable spirit throughout the ordeal." - Huffington Post

Ensemble Studio Theatre presents

FINKS by Joe Gilford*
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli*
Choreography by Greg Graham

March 28 - May 5, 2013

When the moment came to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) some artists chose to name names, others chose to risk their careers rather than betray their friends. Finks is the real life story of young entertainers on the brink of success, who find themselves playing roles they never dreamed they’d have to play.

Do you know who your friends are?

Featuring Michael Cullen*, Ned Eisenberg*, Leo Ash Evens, Kenney M. Green, Jason Liebman*, Thomas Lyons*, Aaron Serotsky & Miriam Silverman *EST Member | All actors AEA Members

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"A bracing play about McCarthyism by Joe Gilford. Aaron Serotsky is terrific. Miriam Silverman is giving an attention-getting turn in the kind of role actresses live for." - The New York Times

"Forget blue jokes; the humor in Finks, Joe Gilford’s farsighted yet tender tribute to his blacklisted parents, is distinctly red. But it’s part of what makes this play, directed with vitality by Giovanna Sardelli, a nifty bit of theater. The eight-person ensemble is uniformly strong and as Gilford tries to understand why some of the accused betrayed friends to keep their livelihoods, he demonstrates a pluck similar to that of his parents." - Time Out New York

"When the red-baiting scourge was intensifying in the 1950s, rising comic Jack Gilford and his chorine girlfriend-then-wife Madeline Lee Gilford were caught up in it. Their son, Joe Gilford has come up with the impassioned, autobiographical FINKS… directed with concomitant fervor by Giovanna Sardelli and dressed with period accuracy by Sydney Maresca. FINKS is a testament to the parents who managed to maintain their indomitable spirit throughout the ordeal. - Huffington Post

"FINKS is rife with family pride, and while names have been changed to protect the innocent, the passions are real. The deliciously wry Miriam Silverman seems to have stepped straight out of the ’50s and under Giovanna Sardelli’s skillful direction, Thomas Lyons & Jason Liebman nimbly handle a wide range of supporting characters. Sydney Maresca’s costumes beautifully evoke a period young theatergoers may not know existed. For them, FINKS will be more than a son’s loving tribute to his courageous parents; it’s also a valuable history lesson." - New York Post

"Joe Gilford's entertaining, balanced, and horrifying play about 1950s Communist Witch Hunts isn't just fiction. The seriousness of this piece is very well complemented by topical humor, charming jazz music and steamy romance. The cast are very fast on their feet... for those too-cool dance numbers choreographed by Greg Graham." - nytheatre.com

"The scenes bristle with tension. The performances are top rate... the play holds together beautifully under the taut direction of Giovanna Sardelli. FINKS makes for an exciting and informative evening in the theater." - The Epoch Times

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Insider Interview - Joe Gilford (FINKS pt1)

 

Insider Interview - Joe Gilford (FINKS pt2)

 

Insider Interview - Joe Gilford & Giovanna Sardelli (FINKS)

FINKS - Children of the Blacklist (pt1)

FINKS - Children of the Blacklist (pt2)

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