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Honoring Joseph Stern - APAFT Artist Reception

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Published on Oct 31, 2012

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

APAFT honored the legendary producer Joseph Stern.

Discussion moderated by Tim Dang, Producing Artistic Director of East West Players

Taipan Restaurant (Wells Fargo Center in Downtown LA)

JOSEPH STERN is a much acclaimed producer of the stage and TV. He is producing Artistic Director of the Matrix Theater Company in Los Angeles. Joe is the recipient of over 200 Ovations, LA Weekly, Drama-Logue, Backstage Garland and LA Drama Critics Circle Awards for the more than 45 plays he has produced in his 30 year + career. He also received the LADCC Margaret Hartford Award (LADCC), the Drama-Logue Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award; and the first James Doolittle Award for Leadership in LA Theater. Joe produced TV hits Law & Order, Judging Amy, and Our America (Showtime).

APAFT is particularly honoring Joseph Stern for his visionary leadership in producing Arthur Miller's All My Sons from 2011 to 2012 and requiring a multi-cultural cast in the circa 1940s era American play about Post-World War II. His casting of an American play with "Americans" of color -- 2 Asian Americans, 2 Latinos, 2 African-Americans, 3 Caucasians - was a box office hit and earned 3 Ovation Award nominations (LA Tony, including Best Production). Actors Linda Park and James Hiroyuki Liao were part of the cast. Stern's vision of having multi-cultural casting coincides with APAFT's Mission to encourage open or non-traditional casting as the vehicle for actors of color to appear on the main stages of the theater in the future.

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