"LET IT BE ART!"
Goodwill Cultural Ambassador Ronald Rand in his 20th year tours around the world in his critically-acclaimed solo performance play "LET IT BE ART!" Ronald's inspiring 60-minute solo play brings to life the humor, passion, and inspiring courage of Harold Clurman, considered the “elder statesman of the American Theater.” Clurman as the co-Founder of the famed Group Theatre of the 1930's, award-winning Broadway Director, America's greatest Drama Critic and Author of several important books including "On Directing" and "The Fervent Years"
Ronald has brought Harold Clurman alive through his solo play in LET IT BE ART! in 25 countries, across 20 states in America, at the 2018 World Theatre Olympics in India, 5 Tours across India at over a dozen universities, theaters and communities, and at over 75 International Festivals, Theatre Conferences, theaters, universities & acting schools. Ronald Rand recently represented the United States as the first American invited to Thye Kenya International Theatre Festival in November, 2019, performing at the National Theatre in Nairobi, at the historic Nakruru Players Theatre, Nakuru, Kenya, and two months after the tragic events in Sri Lanka, Ronald traveled to bring theater art and healing to the young people at the Colombo International Theatre Festival in August, 2019.
Wherever I have gone – whether to Kathmandu, Barrancabermeja, Minsk, Kolkata or Sarajevo – audiences of all ages have instantly fallen in love with Harold Clurman's deep humanity, his inspiring and passionate words for theatre and living life to its fullest. I remember in a tribal hut in Harare many in the audience even talked back to him during the performance creating a true connection between audience and actor in one breath.
When I was fortunate to study with Harold Clurman right out of high school, and at the same time studying with Stella Adler and Jerzy Grotowski, Cluirman would get all red in the face like a fiery volcano during his Talks and at the top of his voice exhort us: "…Go out and change the world! Go out and change the theatre! Because if you don’t like the ways things are, it’s up to you to change them!!!" And then he would soften and playfully add: “… and as my good friend Aristotle once said to me...” Harold Clurman's humor and passion was life-changing, as he exhorts audiences: “Embrace life! Strive to understand one another! Feel for everything! Go out and spread hope and love of life!"
LET IT BE ART! awakens and challenges audiences, making them aware of their identity and cultural roots. Challenging their preconceptions, making them aware of their responsibility as citizens of the world, LET IT BE ART! empowers people of all ages to become more compassionate human beings, to share their humanity in the most meaningful way.
Harold Clurman's dynamic visionary ideals, galvinzes all of us to immediately to recognize how profound our contribution must be to awaken others to be more human.
International Cultural Goodwill Ambassador and Performing Artist, Ronald inspires audiences world-wide touring in his internationally-acclaimed solo play, LET IT BE ART! in his 20th year, across five continents, in 25 countries, and 20 U.S. states including recently at the World Theatre Olympics, The Kenya International Theatre Festival, Russia’s Chevolek International Theatre Festival, and Sri Lanka’s Colombo International Theatre Festival. LET IT BE ART! has received three critically-acclaimed productions Off-Broadway in New York City, at over 75 International Festivals, Theaters, universities and colleges across the world including in Paris, London, Harare, Athens, Buenos Aires, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Bangkok, Zagreb, Johannesburg, Frankfurt, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Tbilisi. Ronald is the first American artist invited by the Malaysian Ministry of Culture to perform at their state theaters across Malaysia in Ipoh, Alor Setar and Kuala Terengganu. LET IT BE ART! has also thrilled audiences as the first American solo performer in the marble courtyard of Tangier’s Palace Dar el-Makhzen, Minsk’s Palace of Culture, at India’s Bareilly International Festival, Zimbabwe’s BAFA Festival of Arts, “Voices of History” Theatre Festival in Vologda, Colombia’s International Theatre Festival for Peace, and Mysore’s Rangayana State Theatre.Ronald was chosen by the U.S. State Department as the first Fulbright Specialist at the University of Sarajevo's Academy of Dramatic Art for 6 weeks in Sarajevo, Bosinia & Herzegovina, at the University of Malaya's Cultural Centre in Kuala Lumpur for 6 weeks, and at The Theatre Workshop in Paysandu, Uruguay for 5 weeks. Everywhere Ronald tours with his solo play, he also inspires students teaching his "Art of Transformation" Workshop using Constantin Stanilslavsky's original acting chart, "Method of Physical Actions."
Ronald has appeared in over 250 films and television shows opposite Sean Connery, Tom Cruise, Kevin Kline, Christopher Plummer, in Quiz Show directed by Robert Redford, and Homeless opposite Yoko Ono. Ronald was a Fulbright Specialistin Bosnia & Herzegovina, Malaysia and Uruguay. An internationally-acclaimed director, Ronald’s award-winning production of the hit comedy, LUV, starring Zana Marjanovic, lead of Angelina Jolie’s film, In the Land of Blood and Honey, continues into its 5th sold-out year at Sarajevo’s Chamber Theatre 55.
Ronald wrote the libretto for a new opera, IBSEN about the great Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, and will receive its World Premiere in November, 2020 performed by the Indian National Symphony Orchestra in Bangalore. He is the screenwriter for the upcoming feature film about the famed Group Theatre. He has been an Adjunct Professor at several universities and has been a Visiting Guest professor at more than fifty universities and colleges around the world. He is the Founder/Publisher of “The Soul of the American Actor,” the only American Newspaper dedicated to the art of the Theater and all the Arts in print and online. Best-selling author of two books, Acting Teachers of America, and CREATE! with 150 artworks and 130 interviews including Carol Burnet, Edward Albee, Sir Derek Walcott, Christopher Plummer, Robert Wilson, and Chaka Khan. www.LetItBeArt.com, www.SoulAmericanActor.com, www.CreatetheBook.com
HAROLD CLURMAN is heralded as "the Elder Statesman of the American Theatre." He embodied the passion, the fervor, the inspiring voice of an entire generation. Co-founder with Lee Strasberg and Cheryl Crawford of the famed Group Theatre of the 1930's (considered by many the most significant ensemble art theatre in the history of the American theatre), it revolutionized not only the American Theatre, but American acting in every facet. Mr. Clurman was the award-winning director of over 40 of the most important plays of the 20th century, including A Member of the Wedding with Julie Harris; Bus Stop with Kim Stanley; Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing, Golden Boy, Paradise Lost, and Rocket to the Moon; The Dance of the Toreadors with Ralph Richardson; Tiger at the Gates with Michael Redgrave; and Uncle Vanya with Joseph Wiseman. He also directed Marlon Brando (in his first adult role) in Truckline Café; Montserrat at Israel's Habimah Theatre; Long Day's Journey Into Night with Roy Scheider in Tokyo; and Japan's Kumo Theatre Company in The Iceman Cometh. He authored "The Fervent Years," "On Directing," "Ibsen," "Lies Like Truth," and his autobiography, "All People Are Famous." Considered America's pre-eminent theatre critic, Harold Clurman was the drama critic for "The Nation" and "The New Republic". He received the Donaldson Award for Directing, the George Jean Nathan Award for Writing and France's Legion d'Honneur. His writings can be found in The Collected Works of Harold Clurman, and every season in Ronald Rand’s "The Soul of the American Actor" Newspaper.
During Ronald's solo play LET IT BE ART! students and audiences also meet Stella Adler, Constantin Stanislavsky, Lee Strasberg, Clifford Odets, Aaron Copland, Alfred Steiglitz, Marlon Brando, and experience the story of The Group Theatre.
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