His oldest son Aaron , who is gay, works with him in the publishing house. His screenplays include the adaptation of his own Substance of Fire 1996 , with Tony Goldwyn and Timothy Hutton joining original cast members Rifkin and Parker, and People I Know 2003 , which starred Al Pacino. Directed by , the cast included , , , and. Other recent acting credits include The Witch of Edmonton Obie Award ; In The Blood by Suzan-Lori Parks Obie Award ; Fabulation by Lynn Nottage; and Stunning by David Adjmi. The film was released by in the United States in 1996, after being shown at several film festivals, including the Deauville Festival du Film Americain August—September 1996 , Boston Film Festival September 1996 , and Mill Valley Film Festival October 1996. It was well performed, and I felt it was more about the indignity of growing old and how people tend to forget you are a person and you still matter to the world.
Isaac Geldhart is a Holocaust survivor who, overcome by grief at the recent death of his wife, seems determined to run his publishing firm into the ground by printing books that have no hope of financial success. Does the Holocaust stop being a relevant factor in Aaron's life after he loses his mind--or is it, as the cause of the madness, more relevant than ever? In The End of the Day 1992 , an expatriate British doctor adapts to America by abandoning his ideals and succumbing to the twin lures of status and crime. He saw the Nazis burn books: Now he will publish an elegant book about the Nazis. Jon Robin Baitz is the author of Three Hotels, The Film Society, Other Desert Cities, The End of the Day, and The Substance of Fire, which he adapted into a major motion picture. Will the book appeal to those sometimes slightly ambivalent collectors of Nazi memorabilia? The play was revived Off-Broadway by , opening on April 27, 2014.
New York Times, April 28, 2014. In these films it is more complicated. In both films, the process is a result of the psychic wounding done by the Holocaust. But a business cannot be run as a charity. Theatre Works and released on Jul 23, 2007. Aaron has the necessary yen from Japanese backers but he needs the votes of his brother and sister.
A takeover is being engineered by his son Aaron, who sees the firm's profitability steadily declining and wants to publish a trashy novel to bring in the bucks. The story is rather slow, without any definite direction and it ended abruptly before some of the main characters begin to develop. If so, what is the purpose of publishing it and reading it? A line has been crossed, and we as viewers have to decide when it was crossed, and how that affects our feelings. Faced with a changing literary landscape and potential takeover of the company, the Geldhart children must either come to terms with their father and band together or break apart and forfeit the legacy he risked everything to build. Baitz's Pulitzer Prize and Tony nominated play 'Other Desert Cities' is soon to have its Uk premiere at London's Old Vic Theatre. The Holocaust is often used in fiction as pure evil, to which our moral response is immediate and direct.
He must browbeat his three adult children, all principal stockholders whom he dismisses in varying degrees, into accepting his plan to publish a six-volume scholarly work on medical experiments, despite their belief that a highly successful commercial novel is the only thing that will keep them from going under. The fact that we ask such questions makes both movies more interesting. Directed by Sullivan, the cast featured Martin Geldhart , Isaac Geldhart , Aaron Geldhart , and Marge Hackett. The Ebert Club is our hand-picked selection of content for Ebert fans. He also wrote the screenplay for the upcoming film Stonewall directed by Roland Emmerich.
The resulting crisis involves Isaac's other two children, his daughter Sarah and his dying son Martin. Baitz was raised in Brazil and South Africa before the family returned to California, where he attended Beverly Hills High School. In The Substance of Fire 1991 , a fiercely intellectual New York publisher struggles with his children for control of his business, and with the relentless pride which has made him previous to love. It would be simpler without the madness: A man is damaged by the Holocaust, and visits his pain on his children. Director Trip Cullman returns to Second Stage Theatre where he has productions of 'Bachelorette,' 'Lonely, I'm Not,' 'Swimming in the Shallows' and 'Some Men. Jon Robin Baitz made his New York playwriting debut at Second Stage Theatre in 1988 with his play, 'The Film Society,' starring Nathan Lane, Laila Robins, and Daniel Gerroll. Isaac plans to go on publishing scholarly works such as a multi Full Length, Drama Characters: 3 male, 2 female 2 Interior Sets Isaac Geldhart, the imperious scion of a family owned publishing house, is under siege.
But insanity brings with it a certain license: Does it matter, after a point, what a mad person does? Was Isaac ever wholly sane? We've listed a number of streaming and cable services - including rental, purchase, and subscription options - along with the availability of 'The Substance of Fire' on each platform. . There is symbolism here, but hard to sort out. Directed by Trip Cullman, the cast featured , , , and. Second Stage Theatre have announced full casting and new dates for Jon Robin Baitz's , directed by Trip Cullman.
Featured actors in The Substance of Fire will be Robert Armstrong, Michael Crawford, Shari Kochman, Jay Dickerson and Cathie Elsbree. I listened to this play performed by L. He lives in New York. Recent regional credits include Taming of the Shrew Katherine at Shakespeare Theatre Company and A Midsummer Night's Dream at The La Jolla Playhouse. Interested in knowing what the movie's about? Or does it simply record sadistic experiments and their results? Baitz was the New School for Drama's artist in residence for the 2009-2010 school year. That is possible to understand. Two years later, Henry Jaglom cast him as a gay playwright who achieves success at an early age - a character inspired by Baitz himself - in the film Last Summer in the Hamptons; the following year he appeared as Michelle Pfeiffer's business associate in the screen comedy One Fine Day.
Halley Feiffer returns to Second Stage Theatre where she has appeared in subUrbia, Election Day, and Some Americans Abroad. Now, before we get into all the details of how you can watch 'The Substance of Fire' right now, here are some details about the Miramax drama flick. Isaac, who survived the Holocaust and transcended the death of his wife to build an important publishing company from scratch, faces his greatest challenge: persuading the psychiatric social worker that he is sane. Isaac plans to go on publishing scholarly works such as a multi volume history of Nazi medical experiments. Reluctantly, they side against the old man.
This would seem destined to be a scholarly or academic work, but Isaac wants to print it like an art book, and sell it for hundreds of dollars. Now he heads one of New York's most respected publishing houses, and wants to publish a four-volume study of Nazi medical atrocities. Certainly we like the old man who wrote it. The Substance of Fire opened at on March 17, 1991. Apart from an answer of sorts in a silly epilogue that plays like it was tacked on in a sentimental fit. Because the film is well-written and acted, it holds our interest. Maybe more people need to listen to it.