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The Lost Boy

Written by Ronald Gabriel Paolillo
Directed by Kimberly Vaughn

November 11 - 20th, 2005 Queens Theatre in the Park

**** Four Stars

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While John Travolta moved from Welcome Back, Kotter to can’t-buy-a- tuna-sandwich-in-Hollywood back to A-list status, his co-star, Ron Paolillo has eradicated all memories of his trademark grating Horshack laugh in smaller roles as an actor, director and writer in small New York and out of state theatres. He’s directed The Lion in Winter, The Taming of the Shrew, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and other credits. He’s appeared in The Tempest, Richard III, and Adolf Eichmann.

Paolillo’s latest project is the meticulously researched and written, The Lost Boy, about the life of author James M. Barrie. While Wicked may be the backstory to the land of Oz, The Lost Boy could be considered the backstory to Barrie’s classic, Peter Pan, minus music. It traces the origins of Peter Pan back to the deat…

Favorites from This Writer's Bookshelf

How The Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis

Southerners by Marshall Frady

Winners and Losers by Gloria Emerson

everything by James Thurber

Faces in the Crowd by Gary Giddins

Sir Vidia’s Shadow; The Happy Hills of Oceania; The Dark Star Safari; Sunrise with Seamonsters by Paul Theroux

Main Street by Sinclair Lewis (fiction)

And Other Stories by John O’Hara (fiction)

The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford

The Jump Book by Philippe Halsman (photographs)

Veeck - as in Wreck by Bill Veeck

Complete Poems by Carl Sandburg

My Two Wars; Living Poor; The Farm on the River of Emeralds; and The Saddest Pleasure by Mortiz Thomsen

A Puerto Rican in New York by Jesus Colon

Farewell to Sport; Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris (and New York - both fiction) by Paul Gallico

The Undertaking by Thomas Lynch

The Gay Talese Reader by Gay Talese

The Fireside Book of Boxing and The Professional by Bill Heinz

The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter

The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer (fiction)

Up in the Old Hotel by Jo…

Someone You Didn't Know

This school where I once taught writing is located in the South Bronx, surrounded by a police station, a Salvation Army, McDonald’s and White Castle, a methadone clinic, a Spanish restaurant, and a combination sporting goods-gun store. So. You could gobble down a couple of Egg McMuffins before swallowing your dose of methadone, slap a few bucks on the counter for a raincoat previously worn by a well-meaning Park Avenue matron, grab a few cuchifritos for lunch, purchase a football and a rifle, throw off a few shots into the air, and obtain a free trip around the corner courtesy of the New York City Police Department before the last bell rings signalling the end of another school day.

For me to get to this utopia, I traveled down to the George Washington Bridge via the A train and climbed the sticky stairs out to the bus stop across the street and walked under a cloud of exhaust from the endless cars, buses, trucks, and mini-vans that cross the bridge each day. The BX36 would swing aro…

The Dinner Party

Arlene Schulman

The first time I attended a dinner party comprised of mostly writers took place about ten years ago. I showed up at the door waiting to be seated at a Dorothy Parker-type round table surrounded by witticisms and criticisms tossed about by literati glitterati drinking an endless supply of ruthless martinis and smoking cigarettes. The table turned out to be a long rectangle, a round of drinks might have helped, no one smoked, and the conversation didn’t exactly glitter from people who had published. The talk ranged from an alarmingly slow progression of yes-and-no answers to the sounds of forks clanging against plates like churchbells ringing across a desolate countryside. This other species didn’t speak to each other and didn’t even look at me so I knew it couldn’t be my complete lack of credentials or my overwhelming naivete. I wondered if this would be my last foray to a literary soiree.

“Have you been to Mexico?”, I asked the writer sitting next to me.

Okay, I had to st…

Helpful Links - Washington Heights Online: This is a wonderful website that offers a calendar of neighborhood events, history of the neighborhood, and links to other sites. - The Ring Garden is always looking for volunteers! It’s a terrific space at the base of Seaman, Dyckman and Riverside Drive. - The Dyckman Farmhouse Museum was constructed in 1784. It’s the only remaining farmhouse in Manhattan. Currently closed for restoration, the Museum will re-open in Spring 2005. It’s located on Broadway at the corner of 204th Street. - see also

Michelle Tourigny runs an Inwood/Washington Heights event blog. Check out - Well-know abstract painter Knox Martin is a long-time resident of Washington Heights. - Check out black and white photography by the editor of the Manhattan Times.

Living in Upstate Manhattan: Inwood

Arlene Schulman

My small part of Northern Manhattan is continually evolving and I encourage our neighbors to patronize our local businesses. Searching for an unusual gift for the hard-to-find friend or relative? Stop in and say hello to Guy and Lela at Scavengers, an antique store on 218th Street right off the park which is chock full of great goodies. One of our neighbors raves about Busch Electronics on Broadway between Dyckman and Academy (across from the supermarket) where she purchased air conditioners and had one cleaned, a television and a DVD/VCR. The owners of this small store will trot up to your apartment to carefully measure and install your new air conditioner. If you pay in advance at Kleener King on Dyckman Street, your dry cleaning is discounted. And if you need fast turnaround, they can easily handle this for you, too. Our local C-town at Broadway and 207th Street takes special requests and the management is keeps the store in touch with what people want, including a …