Alan King is "included out" in the world premiere of Mr. Goldwyn, a one-man show starring King as Hollywood producer Sam Goldwyn. The New York Stage and Film production, which began on July 27 at the Powerhouse Theatre on the Vassar College campus, concludes its stay on Aug. 12.
Mr. Goldwyn, written by Marsha Lebby and John Lollos, will be directed by Gene Saks.
Sam Goldwyn — nee Sam Goldfish — rose from birth in Warsaw and childhood poverty in New York City to become one of the most powerful producers of Hollywood's early days. Independent, with an aversion to partnerships, he formed Samuel Goldwyn Productions in 1923 and went on to produce such pictures as "Dead End," "Stella Dallas," "Wuthering Heights," "Ball of Fire," "The Best Years of Our Lives" and "The Bishop's Wife." He is perhaps best remembered these days, however, for his twisted way with words. Among the "Goldwynisms" he coined are "Include me out," "Anyone who sees a psychiatrist ought to have their head examined," and "A verbal agreement isn't worth the paper it's written on."
Comic and film actor King has appeared in such movies as "Night and the City," "Enemies: A Love Story" and "Bonfire of the Vanities." For some years, he has been slated to star in a developing Cy Coleman musical called It's Good to Be Alive, in which he would play the acting managing director of a struggling theatrical troupe in the '20s, during the heyday of Yiddish theatre in New York City.
The final performance of Mr. Goldwyn brings the NY Stage & Film 2001 season to a close. For information, call (845) 437-5599, or consult www.vassar.edu/powerhouse.
—By Robert Simonson