In addition to this seminar, Alan Blumenfeld will be giving a lecture entitled, “Finding Shylock: Love and Mercy in The Merchant of Venice.” For more information on this lecture, please visit the event page.
Registration for the seminar with Alan Blumenfeld is free and open to the public. However, because capacity is limited, advance enrollment is necessary. Enrollment will be primarily on a first come, first served basis, though preference is given to UCLA students and faculty members. The play will be distributed in advance to participants, who will be expected to read it and participate actively in the discussion. You can also see Blumenfeld perform in the play at the Fountain Theatre between January 20 and March 5. This is not required but recommended if you will be participating in the seminar. A pizza lunch will be delivered at the end of the seminar. To enroll, please e-mail Professor Daniel Lowenstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alan Blumenfeld has appeared in scores of plays as a company member of Theatricum Botanicum for the past 30 years, including: Shylock in Merchant of Venice, Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor (LA Drama Critics Circle Award), Gloucester in King Lear, Cecil/Nate in Equivocation; Lavatch, in All’s Well, Matt Friedman in Talley’s Folly, and Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet.
He has also appeared in dozens of plays as a Resident Artist at A Noise Within for the past 16 years, including: Ghost of Christmas Present in Christmas Carol, Scrub in Beaux Strategem, Matamore in The Illusion, Gremio in Taming of the Shrew, Uncle Morty in Awake and Sing, Pere Ubu in Ubu Roi, and Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Hollywood Bowl and at the theater in Glendale.
Some of Blumenfeld’s other theater credits include: Felix/ Beaupertuis in An Italian Straw Hat, David in A Feminine Ending, and Eddie Brock in Born Yesterday at South Coast Repertory Theater, Mr. Peachum in Threepenny Opera, and Jean in Rhinoceros (Dramalogue and Garland Award) at The Odyssey Theatre, and on Broadway and in the First National Tour of Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor. He has also performed with ACT in San Francisco, Renaissance Rep in Chicago, PCPA in Santa Maria, and with the San Francisco Opera.
Blumenfeld has appeared in more than 300 guest star roles including: Fresh off the Boat, Shameless, Murder In the First, Parenthood, Arrested Development, Heroes (recurring as the Nightmare Man), among others, and in films such as: Righteous Kill, In Her Shoes, The Ring, Heartbreakers, Bob Buss in 2gether on MTV, Tin Men.