Thursday, April 29, 2021,
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
Nick Wyman, Stage, film and television actor
Most recently acclaimed for haranguing Bryan Cranston as Network’s CEO Arthur Jensen, Nick has fifteen other Broadway credits including Firmin (original cast of Phantom of the Opera) and six years as Thenardier (Les Miserables). Film audiences have seen him kick Bruce Willis’s butt in Die Hard With a Vengeance, sell Steve Martin a cab in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and dig up a body for Chevy Chase in Funny Farm. He’s appeared in numerous TV series such as VEEP, Boardwalk Empire, Elementary, Hulu’s Future Man, and two years as Todd’s abusive father Peter Manning on One Life to Live. Nick appeared in numerous TV commercials and voiced many ads. His recent book, Climbing Rejection Mountain, An Actor’s Path to Success, Stability, and Self-Esteem (Applause Books), provides an amusing guide to making a life (and perhaps a living) as an actor. He also served for twenty years on Actors’ Equity’s governing council, five as National President. While playing Lennie in Of Mice and Men (Pittsburgh Public Theatre,1978), Nick broke the neck of a beautiful Juilliard-trained actress (Beth McDonald) eight times a week. He has spent the past forty years as her husband attempting to make amends. They have three wonderful children.
Mindi Dickstein, Award-winning lyricist, librettist, and playwright.
The lyricist for the Broadway musical, Little Women, Mindi is currently writing lyrics for Benny & Joon, based on the MGM film, and is working on Maiden Voyage, and The Little Prince, a multimedia musical (to premiere internationally in 2022). Recent projects include book and lyrics for Trip, the book for Toy Story – The Musical for Disney, and two short plays written for Climate Change Theater Action, to heighten climate change awareness. Her short story “The Essential Guide to Happiness,” written for the 2020 collection, Hello Winter, is available on Amazon.com along with the Original Broadway Cast recording of Little Women. Mindi’s work has been developed at NAMT, Theatreworks Silicon Valley, Second Stage, The Women’s Project, Playwrights Horizons, and Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat, among others. Her songs have been performed at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center’s American Songbook (Hear and Now: Contemporary Lyricists), The Dramatists Guild’s Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars, The Lilly Awards, and 54 Below. Recipient of numerous awards in playwriting and musical theatre including a PEN International New Playwright Award (selected by Wendy Wasserstein), she was an Oscar Hammerstein Fellow at NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing program, where she received her MFA and now serves on the faculty.
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