To honor the memory of Sanford Meisner, who died Feb. 2, the Actor's Studio will conduct a memorial service on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 1:30 PM, at the Studio's home, 432 West 44th St.
Meisner taught at the Studio, which extrapolated upon Stanislavski's "Method" acting techniques, as interpreted by Lee Strassberg. Though Meisner and Strassberg clashed, their techniques were founded on the same principles.
A member of the Group Theatre (which Brooks Atkinson once described as being organized as a kind of theatrical kibbutz), Meisner appeared on Broadway in Clifford Odets' Rocket To The Moon and 1935's Awake And Sing, which was directed by Harold Clurman. Both Clurman and Meisner now have theatres named after them; Meisner's is located on 11th Avenue.
Speaking at the memorial will be Actor's Studio members Anne Jackson and Eli Wallach, who both studied with "Sandy" Meisner and have numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway credits (Twice Around The Park, Cafe Crown).
--By David Lefkowitz