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Lynn Rogoff



Nationality:    USA
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Rogoff was honored as a WGA, East Foundation Fellow, for Dramatizing two early twentieth century American icons. This passionate love story LOVE, BEN LOVE, Emma is based on correspondence between Emma Goldman and Dr. Ben Reitman. LOVE, BEN LOVE, Emma was originally produced to critical acclaim by Lucille Lortel on the East Coast in 1983 at the White Barn Theatre. It was developed with the help of Vivica Lindfors, Olympia Dukakis and Jacques Levy directing and actors, Judd Hirsch, Tovah Feldshuh. In 1993, in Los Angeles at the Tiffany Theatre it starred J.T. Walsh. Rogoff received her MFA from NYU, School of the Arts, in Directing. Among her numerous directing credits is: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee William's, the Labyrinth by Arrabal, Attempted Rescue by Megan Terry, the award winning ballet Journey and the In Crowd, a rock opera by J. E. Franklin.

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        Love Ben, Love Emma

Love Ben, Love Emma

For ten years, Dr. Ben Reitman, physician and King of the Hobos, and social rebel, Emma Goldman, share their erotic passion for each other and for their political defiance. In the early 20th century, Dr. Ben Reitman falls madly in love with Emma Goldman and gives up his practice to take up Emma's causes. As they travel across America they are celebrated, hounded, ridiculed and persecuted for their beliefs in free speech, birth control and free love. On the road, in and out of jail they share an intense passion, and an idealized concept of what the world could be without restrictive laws without wars. When America enters World War I Emma and Ben face the challenge that changes their lives forever.


1st Produced:
White Barn Theatre, Conn    1984

Lucille Lortel

1st Published:
Amerikids, USA, 1984   -


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Drama/Love Story

Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  Hobos, Chorus

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