Author Shares His Amazing Journey through Theater, TV and Film

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Marvin Silbersher’s “A Fistful of Stars” is woven to fascinate and inspire those who are very much involved in the exciting world of theater, television and film

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Author Marvin Silbersher walks readers down memory lane as he chronicles his life and career that involves all aspects of theater, television and film in A Fistful of Stars. The Paper Mill Playhouse, a regional theater in Millburn, New Jersey that was founded in 1934 is the place where it all started for him as he appeared in its first production. From there, he moved to the Dramatic Workshop, a drama and acting school associated with the New School for Social Research in New York City. It was separated from The New School in 1949 and it considerably contributed to the resurgence of the Off-Broadway theatre.

This book is fascinating account of the author’s remarkable life. Not so long ago, there was a class in the Dramatic Workshop to which Marvin Silbersher belongs to. From this theater school would emerge luminaries that will forever change American cinema, television and theater. From his early days in an intensive four-year drama and acting course, Silbersher recalls the good old times he shared acting with iconic figures such as Marlon Brando, Tony Curtis, Harry Belafonte, Walter Matthau, Elaine Stritch and legendary German expatriate stage director Erwin Piscator. Later on, he moved to CBS Television, to the Ed Sullivan Show, and on a new program called Summer Cinema, a feature film interrupted by live commercial inserts. He was a director and has done soap operas, documentaries and stage plays. Being with different casts of talented actors was as close as he got to his passion for theater.

Those who are very much involved in the exciting world of theater, television and film and what it was liked in the old days will find A Fistful of Stars a very profound read. It vividly reflects Silbersher’s wonderful journey from theater to television to film. The magical power of television continues to marvel Silbersher but his love and passion for theater as an entertainment medium will remain forever.

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In a career that involves all the aspects of theater, television, and film, Marvin Silbersher has embraced them all starting with his appearance in the first production of the then newly minted Paper Mill Playhouse (1937) at age thirteen in his hometown of Millburn, N.J., connecting with various national radio series. Let’s Pretend (CBS), “Rainbow House (WOR-MBS), in 1940 and joining the company of Sky over Britain playing opposite distinguished actors such as Basil Rathbone, Edna Mae Oliver (losing the hand of Dorothy McGuire to Tyrone Power in A Yank in the RAF). After combat service in WW2, he devoted four years to his drama school class, was part of the founding of “Off-Broadway,” “The Interplayers” (1947), joined CBS Television (1950), and became a director of a wide variety of cultural programs. His book of poetry and archival photographs The Bells of Hell, a memoir of the Eighth Air Force in WW2, has just been published.

A Fistful of Stars * by Marvin Silbersher
Publication Date: May 24, 2012
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