A native of Hollywood, California, Kurt Stone started acting on stage at age five. He has done “voice-overs” for radio, starred in musicals, and briefly appeared in the 1968 Clint Eastwood movie “Coogan’s Bluff.” He calls himself a “Hollywood Brat,” having been born and raised in and around the film industry. His love and knowledge of film and show business is a “genetic inheritance.”
These performances are unique, and are NOT lectures. Both are 60 to 90 minutes in length and may include some minor stage props. This is your chance to book Kurt for your next affair, party, business meeting or whatever event you can think of. To contact us and book him for your next event, just click here.
“Teatime with Sholom Aleichem.”
“A wise word is no substitute for a piece of herring or a bag of oats . . .” So says Tevya - father, husband, milkman and philosopher – the most famous creation of Sholem Aleichem, the “Father of Yiddish Literature.” Aleichem, the nom-de-plume of Sholem Rabinowitz (1859-1916) was, and is, one of the world’s most universally – beloved authors. Often called “The Jewish Mark Twain,” Aleichem wrote hundreds of stories, plays, novels and essays that portrayed the love, laughter, wiles and weltanschauung of a lost world. Kurt has been performing his acclaimed, one-man show of Sholem Aleichem for more than 35 years and the hundreds of performances have drawn rave reviews throughout America, Europe and even Australia. Kurt becomes Sholom Aleichem (much like Hall Holbrook became Mark Twain) and through the course of an afternoon tea, Kurt/Sholom weaves the story of “his” life into tales of Tevya, Golda, Menachem Mendel and the people of Kasrilevke.
Dear Paula: The letters of david and paula ben gurion
“Anyone who does not believe in miracles is not a realist." So wrote David Ben Gurion to his wife, Paula early in their marriage. Ben Gurion [1886-1965], one of the most famous men of the 20th century, was married to the relatively unknown Paula Munweis [1892-1968] for nearly a half-century. Often separated by the exigencies of Ben Gurion’s peripatetic life, they kept up a steady flow of literally thousands of letters back-and-forth. These letters revealing their hopes and dreams, serve as elegant witness to the history of modern Zionism, and provide a fascinating glimpse into the lives of many of the world’s leading figures and characters – all of whom they would come to know. Drawn from their letters and diaries as well as the recollections of their children and sons-in-law, “Dear Paula” shines a human spotlight on a most extraordinary couple. In many ways bipolar opposites – Paula’s brash earthiness, David’s scholarly reticence -- they nonetheless formed an indelible bond that gave both the strength to overcome challenge and adversity.
More than ten years in the making, Kurt and (wife) Anna Stone present “Dear Paula” in classic “Readers’ Theatre” style. It is their tribute to a couple they have always greatly admired. Filled with humor and pathos, deep humility and profound soul-searching, “Dear Paula” is a dramatic presentation sure to elicit both a smile and a tear.