Samuel French Selects Bruce Lazarus for New Executive Director
28 Nov 2012
Bruce Lazarus has been named the new executive director of Samuel French Inc., overseeing company strategy, marketing and business affairs, the play publishing and live performance rights organization announced Nov. 28.
In addition to his work in entertainment law, Lazarus previously served as director of business and legal affairs for Disney Theatrical Productions, working on such shows as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Aida.
He also produced the Tony Award-nominated 2003 production Say Goodnight Gracie and the acclaimed Off-Broadway run of Shakespeare's R&J in 1997.
"Samuel French matters - we matter to those who create, study and love theatre and to the future generations who will create, study and love theatre," Lazarus said in a statement. "I am honored to be working side by side with the dedicated and passionate staff at Samuel French. We make theatre happen, worldwide, everyday!"
Founded in 1830, Samuel French is the largest publisher and licensor of stage plays and musicals in the world, with over 10,000 titles in its catalogue.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.