Telegenic and media savvy, an impeccable and eloquent English speaker, who has become a familiar face on U.S. television and an effective advocate of the Israeli cause, Benjamin Netanyahu, Bibi, was elected Premier in 2013 for a third time, after becoming, in 1996, the youngest person to hold the post. Time magazine ‘crowned’ him “KING BIBI” – “He conquered Israel. But will Netanyahu now make peace—or war?”
An actor, teacher, voiceover artist, director, producer and writer, Bob is an award winning theater actor, appearing in over 50 regional, New Orleans and Cincinnati productions. He has won consecutive “Best Actor” Big Easy Awards for his performances in Search & Destroy and Of Mice and Men. His Film and TV credits: Bad Lieutenant, Emulsion, Ghost Factory, Pelican Brief, Cat People, Living in Technicolor, Hard Target, The Big Easy-Series, The Fire Next Time and others. In an earlier life, Bob was a reporter/anchor for the UPI Radio Network in New York City and Washington DC; for WWL News Radio 870 (winning a number of awards from the AP and UPI, the Press Club of New Orleans and Sigma Delta Chi Green Eyeshade Award). As a Producer/Director and Production Manager for Cox Communications Productions in New Orleans, 1989-1993, he received the Grand Prize Award for Outstanding Achievement in Creative Cable TV Commercial Production from the Cable Advertising Bureau, New York. He also shared in the Best Documentary award from the Press Club of New Orleans for Dangerous Bonds: Gangs in New Orleans. Bob has been a part of the University of Cincinnati, College Conservative of Music Dramatic Performance faculty since 1999. He has been a member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1998.
Drew Fracher Drew is a freelance director, fight arranger and actor, serving as a Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors. As a director his work has been seen at Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Stage, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, New Stage Collective, Florida Stage and the Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky and Cincinnati Shakespeare Festivals. As a fight director his work has been seen for over 25 years at a wide variety of theatres throughout the U.S. At Know Theatre he has directed Skin Tight, Boom, and Angels in America: Perestroika. Other recent directing projects include Much Ado About Nothing at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company and A Christmas Story at GA Shakespeare. This summer he directed fights for KY Shakespeare Festival and God of Carnage at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Drew is a member of The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Union (SDC).
Kalman is a retired architect, artist, author and playwright. Born in Kazakhstan in 1945, Kalman lived in Poland, Israel, Italy, and—since 1973, in the U.S. His first nonfiction work was published in Italy in 1975. His first novel,“In the Vise of Evils,” was published early 2011. To date, Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative (CPI) has selected eleven of his plays for staged readings. The first, In the Vise of Evils, based on his novel, was awarded an unprecedented two performances (2007) and set CPI’s highest attendance record in 5/3-Bank Theater. Embers from the Ashes: A Girl's Holocaust Diary, his second play, received a public staged reading in May 2008. From Auschwitz to Cincinnati: The Surviving Tunes, about the celebrated, world-renowned local violinist, Henry Meyer, had its debut to a sold-out house at the prestigious Jarson-Kaplan Theater on April 26, 2011. Kalman’s play, the controversial Al Dura: Truth or Deception?, also had its debut at the Jarson-Kaplan Theater on April 24, 2012. The play generated mixed reactions across the globe, including non-violent picketing in front of the Aronoff Center. His most recent was a trio of Holocaust related short plays (2013): Sarale, Full Circle and One Simple Digit. Kalman was elected President of CPI in 2010. He and his wife, Sandi, reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.